How Eating Natural Foods Can Improve Your Stamina While Playing Sports

Every day we are bombarded with advertising for drinks that say they will make us stronger, faster and have more energy. Some of them can assist with getting more energy – fast, but for longevity and stamina, choosing natural foods is a healthy alternative that is worth looking into. Eating natural foods assists your body in getting what it needs during the period of your game without the hidden ‘nasties’ that are often in processed quick fix energy foods.

Long Lasting Energy

Have you ever experienced eating fast food and then found yourself feeling hungry again a few hours later. Eating natural foods that have a Low Glycaemic Index, rich in protein including nuts, banana, eggs, fish and sweet potatoes will provide you with longer lasting energy to go the distance. Where some foods will leave you feeling hungry halfway through the game, choosing foods that it takes the body longer to digest, allows the energy to be used over a period of time, rather than in just one burst.

More Bang for Your Buck

The human body is like the engine of a car. It needs fuel to keep it going. In terms of the food and drink that we take into our body, this is the fuel that we are putting in to keep it going. The question is, how much of what we are putting into our bodies is actually being used as ‘fuel’ for the body, and how much of it is simply a waste product with no nutritional value? Natural foods that have undergone as little processing as possible are a nutritious fuel for your body because they still have all the ‘good stuff’ in them so you get more energy for longer.

Long Term Benefits

When we think about this well-oiled machine that is our body, and what it does for us, running up and down a court and helping our brain to focus when we need it to, we can appreciate the amazing work it does for us. Getting the most out of it means looking at the bigger picture and making healthy eating decisions based on a long term view. Going for the short term, instant gratification of grabbing foods that give you a quick energy burst is damaging to your body’s resilience in the long run. So, as we encourage at Salisbury Super Sports, always reach for the natural option where possible and get more out of your game!

How Physical Activity Benefits Your Childs Growth and Development

Children are little balls of energy, and, like sponges, they are ready to absorb everything that they see, hear and do in life. Giving them the best start means providing a well-rounded experience of all that life has to offer, in order to equip them with the tools that they will need when they become adults. Physical activity, and especially playing a team sport, can help them in their growth and development in a number of different ways.

Physically

The benefits of being physically active, especially for children, have become an important topic of discussion during recent times. In a world that is now oversaturated with fast food and technology, life is not the same for our children as it was for us when we were growing up. Obesity has become a major concern for people of all colours and creeds, and getting children off their electronic devices and into physical activity is more challenging than it used to be. Joining a team sport is one way of ensuring that your young ones are getting the physical activity that they need for the healthy growth and development of their physical body.

Socially and Emotionally

As children, we learn how to communicate and problem solve with our peers, but technology such as computer games and the internet causes many children to live socially isolated lives. This can impact on their ability to have healthy relationships when they are adults. Playing a team sport gives children the opportunity to stretch themselves socially, and to learn what attitudes and communication techniques produce the best outcomes in life. This emotional intelligence is much needed, and often lacking in the adults of today, so it is definitely worth giving your young family a head start by getting them into a team sport.

Intellectually

Thinking outside the box and being able to problem solve creatively are important attributes for children’s healthy growth and development. When playing a team sport there are many different situations to negotiate, which provide children with the opportunity to stretch their imagination and grow intellectually. As young bodies are growing, they have a lot of physiological and hormonal changes that can impact on their ability to learn at school. Releasing some of their built up energy through a physical activity assists children in being able to focus when it is time to learn. At Salisbury Super Sports, we notice that many of our young players also see an improvement in their grades at school.