A body in motion tends to stay in motion

For Immediate Release: 2012-08-03 12:46:26
A body in motion tends to stay in motion



The first of Newton’s Three Laws of Motion, the Law of Inertia, states that: “A body at rest tends to stay at rest, while a body in motion tends to stay in motion at the same speed and in the same direction, unless acted upon by an outside force.” 

 Is your body at rest or is it motion?

 “Of course the key to getting your body in motion or increasing its current motion is that ‘outside force’. And if you’ve been lounging around waiting for this force or motivation then you’re in luck, because every four years the Olympic Games provide exactly that to couch potatoes around the world. As the world’s athletic elite take centre stage, it’s hard not to be inspired to get moving and get fit,” says Justine Pearl, brand manager of Pouyoukas Foods.

With any sport or activity it’s true that what you get out depends entirely on what you put in, and this applies equally to both effort and nutrition. So with your newfound motivation in hand, here’s what you need to know about eating correctly so that your input supports your output.

Whether at rest or in motion, your body’s nutritional needs remain essentially constant. Only minor variations are necessary to allow for increased caloric input if your sport or activity demands lots of fuel, and some adjustments in the balance between your protein and carbohydrate intakes for different types of activity. In short, if your sport is about endurance, you need more carbohydrates and if it favours short spurts of high-intensity or is sprint-based, then more protein will help build and repair your muscles.

 

“A healthy diet consists of a balanced intake of a variety fruits and vegetables, fibre and lean proteins.  Balanced is the operative word here and how that looks on your plate is one half fruits and vegetables, one quarter whole grains and one quarter lean protein. And, these foods should be as close to ‘whole’ as possible. In other words, unprocessed and unpreserved. Variety is critical and will give your body a wide range of the nutrients it needs to perform optimally,” adds Pearl.

To avoid ingesting too many saturated ‘bad’ fats, your protein should be as lean as possible. That’s not to say that red meat is off the menu, but keep it lean and mix up your proteins with low-fat dairy, skinless white-meat chicken and fish, particularly cold-water fish that is rich in heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. The Pouyoukas Foods range of Pulses, which includes a variety of beans, lentils and peas, provides an excellent variety of alternative proteins. Pouyoukas Soya Beans are especially high in protein and a good source of unsaturated ‘good’ fats, which your body needs to function normally as well as perform at its peak.

When choosing your fibre, take a close look at the wide variety of grain and seed products in the Pouyoukas Foods range. Choose Pouyoukas Whole Rolled Oats for a wholesome breakfast that is rich in fibre and low GI carbohydrates, helps reduce bad cholesterol and will sustain you for hours. Also look to Pouyoukas Bulgar Wheat, Crushed Wheat and Quinoa for nutritional variety and as rice-substitutes that are higher in nutrients than plain rice alone. The fibre portion of your diet is particularly supportive of athletic performance, so steer away from refined carbohydrates and look for those that will instead help to maintain your blood sugar levels.

 The importance of fruits and vegetables is underscored by the fact that they comprise one half of your meal. Wherever possible opt for fresh over processed, eat them raw or minimally cooked to preserve nutrients, and keep it varied for nutritional variety as well as colourful, since the colours in vegetables provide a clue as to their nutrient content.

 Pearl concludes, “Whether your goal is simply good baseline fitness or to become a competitive athlete, once you get moving it’s easier to keep moving, and when you fuel your body properly and adequately with foods that support its health and performance, you’ll get the most from that motion.”

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