We should all aim to eat a healthy, varied diet based, which matches our energy needs. This advice you will get in this section applies when taking part in regular physical activity, such as playing aelic games going to the gym, swimming, running, cycling.
Following healthy eating guidelines alone can support an active lifestyle. However when exercising, your body will use up more energy. Unless you are trying to lose weight you may find that you need to eat more food to give your body the extra energy it needs.
Eating well for physical activity and sport can have many benefits including:
Allowing you to perform well in your chosen sport or activity;
Reducing the risk of injury and illness;
Ensuring the best recovery after exercise or a training programme.
A healthy diet for sport and exercise should contain plenty of starchy foods, plenty of fruit and vegetables, some protein foods and some dairy foods. It is also important to stay hydrated
Healthy eating is explored further in this section above.
Healthy eating in a nutshell
Plenty of breads, potatoes, pasta & rice (wholegrain)
Plenty of fruit & vegetables
Some milk, cheese & yogurt - chose low fat
Some meat, poultry, fish, eggs & alternatives
Very small amount of fats & oils
A very small amount of foods high in fat, sugar & salt
The guidelines describe the types and amounts of foods people need for healthy eating. It is important to note that these are general guidelines and can be adapted by clubs/ teams to meet their needs. Everyone has different food needs depending on body size, age, gender, underlying medical conditions and activity level. Following these guidelines and being active gives people the best chance of being healthy and well