Eat for peak performance

Eat like a Pan Am athlete this summer. With the Pan American Games only a week away, starting July 26, there is a lot of attention about the incredible talents of the athletes. Their performances will hopefully inspire you to increase your physical activity and eat more like an athlete.

Whether you’re a weekend gardener or a professional athlete, your body requires optimal nourishment. The quality of food is important to ensure you’re receiving top nutrients, but it’s also important not to deprive yourself. In her book, Eat Like an Athlete, author Simone Austin says, “We’re not going on a diet, we’re not making ourselves feel deprived, we’re not judging ourselves [for what we eat] too much, and we’re still enjoying food. Food is about enjoyment.”

So how do you eat like an athlete?

We know that our energy needs increase when we’re active. Most people need between 1,500 and 2,000 calories a day. For athletes, this number can increase by 500 to 1,000 more calories.1

  1. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables … at least five servings per day, including a variety of colors. One serving is approximately the size of a baseball. Add Greens to your smoothies for extra vitamins and minerals.
  2. Choose whole grain carbohydrates such as whole-wheat bread or pasta. Avoid sugary cereals, white breads and bagels.
  3. Choose healthy sources of protein such as chicken, turkey, fish, peanut butter, eggs, Greek yogurt, coconut oil, flax seed, Mila, nuts and legumes.
  4. Hydrate! A loss of sweat equals 2% of body weight and this can cause a noticeable decrease of physical and mental performance.  Losses of 5% or more of body weight during physical activity may decrease the capacity for work by roughly 30%.2  Energize your daily workout with sugar-free, anti-oxidant rich ENERGY. Replenish vital fluids, electrolytes and nutrients, while quenching your thirst, with GPS Hydrate.
  5. Stick with whole food options instead of processed foods.

Navigate to your peak performance with GPS

Whatever your level of activity, from yard work to general fitness to professional athlete, let GPS guide your performance. GPS Energize, GPS Circulate and GPS Adapt help prepare you physically and mentally by providing nutrients to muscles and organs and helping you adapt to physical stressors. GPS Hydrate replenishes lost liquids, GPS Rebuild restores energy to muscles and GPS Reset resets hormones while burning calories while you sleep.*

Use all six products as a system for best results or customize their use to your nutrient and energy requirements.

Energize, Circulate, Hydrate, Rebuild and Reset are all Informed-Sport Certified so you can be assured they have been tested for banned substances and are safe to use.

Get your sport on

Want to create some friendly competition with your friends or family? There are so many ways to get active. Did you know that race walking is one of the sports in the Pan Am games? Practice during your lunch hour, or when walking your kids to the park. It would be fun to hold your own triathlon at home. Plan a bike/run/swim event, or just a bike/run event if you don’t have access to a pool or a lake.

The Pan American Games begin on July 26 and run through August 11 this year. Have a watching party and cheer for your favorites! Get inspired to increase your activity and be sure to eat like an athlete to optimize your performance.

 

1 https://familydoctor.org/nutrition-for-athletes/.

2 http://www.sportscardiologybc.org/the-effects-of-hydration-on-athletic-performance/

Top fitness trends for 2019

Be adventurous in 2019 and try a new exercise class or a new way to work out. According to the American College of Sports Medicine,1 fitness trackers and group exercise classes will be the top trends of the year. Wearable technology has been among the top trends since 2016 and will be the number-one trend of the new year.

The editors of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® conducted their annual survey to determine health and fitness trends for 2019. There were 40 possible trends on the survey, including 25 trends from previous years. The survey was sent to health and fitness professionals all over the world.

The top 10 predicted fitness trends for 2019 are:

  1. Wearable technology. Smart watches, fitness trackers, heart monitors and more, have ranked among the top trends every year since 2016. Get ready to track and monitor your workouts from day one.
  2. Group training. This is defined as any workout with more than five participants. Grab your accountability partner and get moving.
  3. HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training). A HIIT workout, according to ACSM, involves “short bursts of high-intensity bouts of exercise followed by a short period of rest.” They’re usually 30 minutes or less, though they can be longer. You get a quick and very efficient workout, and you can do it from home if you prefer.
  4. Fitness programs for older adults. Exercise is a great way to maintain bone density, making programs like these beneficial for the older population.
  5. Bodyweight training. No equipment necessary; all you need is you! Think push-ups and planks, exercises you can do anywhere.
  6. Certified fitness professionals. Individuals who have been accredited through “educational programs and certification programs” will be first to be hired in the industry.
  7. Yoga. This ancient practice keeps growing, from goat yoga and power yoga to yogalates and hot yoga. What’s next?
  8. Personal training. This is usually done in a gym, but you can also work out with an online personal trainer.
  9. Functional fitness training. This is using exercise to improve balance, coordination, strength, and endurance to make activities of daily living easier.
  10. Exercise is Medicine. Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is ACSM’s own global health initiative that encourages healthcare providers to get their patients to exercise and then analyze their activity as part of their check-ups.

Other fitness trends include exercise health/wellness coaching, exercise for weight loss, mobile exercise apps, mobility devices, worksite health promotion and workplace well-being programs, outcome measurements, outdoor activities, licensure for fitness professionals, small group personal training and post-rehabilitation classes.

Navigate to your peak performance

Whatever your activity and level of fitness, be sure to add PURE’s GPS line of products to your regimen so you can fulfill your nutrient and energy requirements.

The GPS System includes:

These products were created to address the maintenance of lean body mass and the body’s activity cycle during physical activity. An activity cycle is the daily cycle and the circadian rhythm that takes place during physical activity. The GPS System provides full cycle support by offering pre-, during-, and post-workout supplements along with bedtime recovery.*

You can also be assured that GPS Circulate, GPS Energize, GPS Hydrate, GPS Rebuild and GPS Reset have been Informed-Sport tested and are free of banned substances. Look for the logo on shop/livepure.com.

Get out there, or stay inside where it’s warm, and try a new class or new way to work out. Switching it up is a great way to stay motivated and moving during the winter months.

Learn more about PURE and GPS.

 

1WORLDWIDE SURVEY OF FITNESS TRENDS FOR 2019. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal22(6):10-17, November/December 2018.