It’s hardly a secret that the key to strong performance in all athletic disciplines lies in nutrition – you can’t expect to get the most out of your body if you don’t put the right stuff in to begin with. The problem here however is that while good intentions are one thing, getting the right information upon which to base your nutrition regime is another.
Even at this stage in time, there are certain myths that still circulate among professional-level athletes despite having been debunked time and time again. So if you’re still taking heed of any of the following, you could be inadvertently doing your own performance a disservice:
Myth – More Protein = More Muscle
While it’s true to say that protein does indeed make muscle tissue and there’s a certain amount you should be eating every day, the vast majority of athletes are already getting all the protein they need and would not in any way benefit from upping their intake. Like with all nutrients, there’s a upper limit to how much protein will actually do you good, so more protein doesn’t necessarily mean more muscle.
Myth – Vitamin Supplements Provide Energy
There will always be those who swear by downing a huge dose of vitamins prior to any given event as a means by which to give them a quick jolt of energy. Sadly, this just isn’t the way vitamins work – vitamins and minerals alike are long-term supplements with a ton of benefits to offer, though in all cases offer little to nothing in the immediate moments after taking them.
Myth – It’s Wise to Avoid Drinking During Exercise to Maintain Pace
This really couldn’t be further from the truth as while overdoing it and glugging down a litre in one go may slow you down, so too will allowing your body to lose too much moisture by sweating. As such, the key here is to drink little and often during exercise being sure to continue as such after the session’s completion.
Myth – If You’re Not Thirsty, You’re Hydrated
This is a pretty dangerous myth to read anything into and often leads to hideous bouts of harmful dehydration. Particularly during heavier exercise, you simply cannot rely on the feeling of thirst to tell you when and where your body needs more water. Even if you don’t feel the slightest bit thirsty, stick to your prearranged hydration plan.
Myth – Sports Drinks and Water Are the Same
Water will of course represent the lifeblood of your sporting activities as far as hydration goes, but at the same time there’s a heck of a lot to be said for sports drinks. The reason being that a good sports drink goes one step further than water by helping replace essential salts and minerals lost through sweating, while the pleasant flavours can help encourage better and more constant hydration. The very best approach therefore is to keep a healthy balance of both throughout your training regime.