Our body requires energy and the amount depends on the duration and type of activity. Energy is measured in Calories and is obtained from the body stores or the food we eat.
Glycogen is the main source of fuel used by the muscles to enable us to undertake both aerobic and anaerobic exercise. If you have low glycogen stores, you will feel constantly tired, performance will be lower and you will be more prone to injury and illness.
A balanced nutrition is necessary for good health..
- Proteins - essential to growth and repair of muscle and other body tissues
- Fats - one source of energy and important in relation to fat soluble vitamins
- Carbohydrates - our main source of energy
- Minerals - inorganic compounds occurring in the body and which are critical to normal body functions
- Vitamins - water and fat soluble VITAMINS play important roles in many chemical processes in the body to yeald energy
- Water - essential to normal body function - as a vehicle for carrying other nutrients and because more than 60% of the human body is water
- Roughage - the fibrous indigestible portion of our diet essential to health of the digestive system