Post-Game Nutrition and Recovery – An Article for the Bega Bombers

Post-Game Nutrition and Recovery

You have just played a game of footy. You have most likely ran in excess of 5 kilometres (some senior players can travel up to 18 kilometres in a game).  You will most likely have lost around a kilogram or 2 of body-weight, and sweated around a litre of fluid from the body.  So post-game nutrition is important.  What should you eat post-game?  At the end of the day, we are looking to replenish the body with nutrient dense foods and fluids.

Hydration

Think of hydration like watering the garden.  What does the garden need?  Water.  It’s that simple.  You don’t need Powerade, Gatorade or soft drinks.  You need water.  So, buy a water bottle and take it with you everywhere you go.  For those senior athletes, forgo the beer until you have finished cooling down, had a shower, and eaten.  Your body and your mind will love you more, as will the quality of your game.

https://www.sportsdietitians.com.au/factsheets/children/hydration-junior-sport/

Post-Game Nutrition

Here it is all about quality over quantity.  Your body may think that it needs MacDonald’s from the Drive Thru, but what it really needs is nutrient dense, calorie sparse food.  Think Chicken and salad sandwiches (you can make these the night before, and have a little esky to take with you.  Just don’t put the tomato near the bread).  Like pizza?  Well try a thin crust pizza, that is loaded with quality meat and veggies, and cheese. Carbs are also important for recovery, and protein is key for muscle growth and repair.  Supplements are just that, supplements.  They are not required, and in fact, they could harm your overall game.

 https://www.sportsdietitians.com.au/factsheets/fuelling-recovery/recovery-nutrition/

https://www.sportaus.gov.au/ais/nutrition

Want do get a better understanding on what athletes actually eat?  Well, isn’t it great when you can find a link that outlines that for you?  Click below and find out.

http://www.lisamiddleton.com.au/thoughts-entries/2016/7/5/eqo28atul5zy32zzb34cb8ui95o92d

Sleep

Sleep is the most underrated recovery tool on the planet, and the easiest part of the whole process.  We should be regularly getting around 8 hours of sleep a night, and if you don’t your body develops a sleep debt.  Think of sleep like a bank.  If you want to perform well, you need adequate rest and recovery.  If you don’t get enough sleep, your body will take it when you don’t want it to.  Ever feel asleep through a movie? Fell asleep at the kitchen table?  These are signs you need to get more sleep.  Want to learn from the best and how they do it?  Click on the link…

https://www.fatiguescience.com/blog/infographic-why-athletes-should-make-sleep-a-priority-in-their-daily-training/

Injury Management

What will be the one thing that will stop you from playing week in and week out?  Well yes.  Technically not getting picked is going to stop you from playing the following week, but we need to think a little bit clearer. What about if you get a bump, or an injury from the week before, or even at training?  Little bumps, bruises, sprains are the little events, that if not managed correctly can lead to bigger problems occurring such as muscle tears, ligament strains etc.  Don’t try to be tough and say “It doesn’t hurt”.  Do you want to walk around like a 3-legged elephant?    The best course of action when you get an injury, is to report it to your coach or manager. They will be able to provide you some advice on how to manage it.  It’s your injury, so it is up to you to do the best you can for yourself and your team mates.

http://sma.org.au/resources-advice/injury-fact-sheets/

Hiccups – Do you get them, and how do you get rid of them?

Now that I have set the hook, I will tell you what I am on about.  No, it has nothing to do with training your dragons  Well I don’t think it does.  As a matter of fact, no it doesn’t but just in case someone doesn’t get the reference, here is Hiccup.hiccup_and_toothless_by_grzeboable-d7qcq0q

Now, to get back to the subject, I am referring to exercise hiccups.  Habit hiccups.  Goal hiccups.

hiccupI was introduced to hiccups by one of my students during her weekly sessions, and to me, it’s probably the best description I have heard.  It is only a small thing, but it can turn into such a larger issue, especially if it is not addressed.  Same goes for these ones.  You can’t just ride them out, they must be addressed.

How do you address them?  Well, to me, it’s exactly the same way we deal with them in real life.  You move through them, and with them.

For exercise hiccups, find an exercise you really love, like I love my mum.  Yup.  I am a mummy’s boy.  It’s the bonus prize for being first born.  And it’s okay if you love bacon too….mum

For me, that exercise would be squats.  As soon I get put that bar on the rack, I know that whatever worries I have will soon be washed away by the endorphins of movement.

20131217_140328You just need to pick something you love.  The trick is don’t go too hard.  People indicate that 1 minute a day of movement is not enough to form a habit, however, if that person isn’t doing anything, then that 7 minutes per week of exercise will be better than none.  And honestly, can anyone remember when they just exercises for a minute?  That’s right.

The next hiccup is habit.  We know that humans are creatures of habit.  As soon as Noah allowed people to sit down on the cruise, and served those paleo chips and cookies, the world was a worse place.  Now, before you get all excited that I am saying that sitting and chips and cookies are bad, that is not what I am getting at.  I am getting at the fact that, from the dawn of time, we have relaxed.  Relaxation is good.  It relieves stress.  Allows us to recover and to refocus our energies. But, like everything, too much of a good thing, is well, not good.  So what do we do about it?  Same thing as the exercise hiccup, but with the focus on a habit you like.  It could be eating kale (I don’t know why, but hey, if that’s your thing, then get into it).  It could be making a huge batch of fresh blueberry pancakes, or making up a batch of your favourite stir fried vegetables.  You could even throw a shrimp on the barbie….

shrimpOr if you like ribs…..flintstones_ribs

We could also focus on the habit of sleep, and allow ourselves to get to sleep earlier by turning off the electronic devices.  There are many ways that we drop off our habits and hiccup, but it doesn’t mean we have to stay there, continually hiccupping until we have lost all understanding of movement, exercise and food choices.

Goal hiccups are the ones that tend to get people the most riled.  They set goals at the start of the year, and work towards them.  It could be fat loss, or a performance goal.  Week after week, measurements are taken, lifts and times taken, until all of a sudden, we seem to be going backwards.  We are not making our targets, and instead of backing off and listening to our body, we push on, doing even more damage to our bodies, and more importantly our minds.

Even if you take one minute out of every day to get the brain and the body working as one, you will slowly remove the effects of the hiccup.  All it takes is one minute.

Have you really sat down and wrote down what makes you happy?  What does your happiness look like?  Next blog post will be all about happiness, and how we can get happier.

Until then, remember strength is the secret sauce.  Make sure you take your dose daily.

Fading away

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“My god!!!  What have you done?  Are you not well?  If you keep going, you will end up in the hospital!!” “Don’t you think you are taking this exercise thing a little too far?  Look at you, you are fading away?”.

Why do people use the phrase “fading away” to friends and family who have lost a significant amount of weight, or have made some serious changes to their lifestyle?  After all, isn’t being healthy, the main aspect of life.  Do you think YOU have the right to make that call.  If you were so seriously worried, wouldn’t you talk to their trainer and ask for their knowledgeable thoughts.  Better still, seek some expert advice from a doctor (No Dr Oz does not count as advice!!!!), or an another health professional, explaining to them the situation.  They may want to reach out to their fitness professional, or even want to see the individual.  But don’t be too judgemental when they take a look at you sitting their in front of them, and question you about YOUR health aspects.  Maybe, just maybe, you are a little jealous of their success and want to bring them down a peg or two?

Most of the time, this person has finally said “enough is enough”, and got a small hold on their life.  They no longer see food as something they shouldn’t eat, or want to waste a day or a weekend recovering from another alcohol and food coma.  They may have had enough of the late nights, lack of energy or had a health scare.  Whatever their reason, we should be embracing it, Embracing their new-found look on life, on health, and on their “why”.

To me, this not only makes the individual feel ashamed, but also may have a longer lasting effect on their goals. To me fading away indicated an illness, a sickness, where anorexia nervosa springs to mind, and should not be aligned to someone gaining muscle and losing body fat. A person who is fading away, most will try to hide their illness.  Baggy clothing.  Heading to the toilet straight after dinner.  They may not be outgoing.  They may not want to talk about what is happening. Take a close look next time you want to tell someone they are fading away.  What can you see?  Can you see dark, sunken eyes.  Can you see clothes not fitting properly, and falling off their body?  Or can you see muscle definition, a change in their food choices and words.  Someone who has lost a great deal of weight, and replaced it with muscle, will be full of vitality, and want to tell people what they are doing, and how they are doing it.

Please keep this in mind next time you want to tell someone they are fading away.  Maybe, it is the mirror you need to look into, and think about what YOU need to change.

Next post will on happiness, and what it is that makes you happy.

Until then, remember, strength is the secret sauce.