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Nutrition For the Over 40 Fitness-Athlete

With age, many of us modify our training. The stretching and cross training that seemed a waste of time fifteen years ago may now be what allow us to continue to train consistently.

And although we might reluctantly admit that getting older means making changes in our fitness and training, we probably don't think the same about our diet. If you are over 40, you can benefit from modifying your menu along with your time in the gym.

As we get older, we need more of some nutrients and less of others, and the number of calories needed decreases slightly. Unfortunately, there is not much research on how our nutritional needs differ from those of our younger selves.

The recommended daily allowances (RDAs) do not take into consideration the needs of more active persons, especially those over age fifty; it's assumed that everyone in that age group is sedentary. It's suggested that adjustments to nutrient intake be made according to one's level of activity. This is difficult, especially because aging causes the body's metabolic rate to decrease and its tendency to gain weight to increase.

But there are definitely ways we can optimize your diet and supplement program to help us keep your edge as we age.

The most important thing you can do is routinely eat quality calories from nutrient-dense, health-protective foods that support top performance, enhance recovery from hard workouts and reduce the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and other age-related diseases.

Your nutrition plan should provide you with quality calories in amounts to keep you well-fueled. It consists of lean proteins, starchy carbs, and fibrous vegetables. Combine these at each meal and you’ll obtain an excellent nutritional base for performance and health.

Contact Melissa or myself for details on how we can help you can design a nutrition program based on your fitness and performance goals.

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