Is cycling your thing? Whether you ride competitively or purely for fitness and enjoyment, good sports nutrition habits can be just as important as having the right gear. Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA) is a professional organisation of dietitians* who specialise in the field of sports nutrition. SDA takes pride in providing current and cutting-edge sports nutrition information based on sound scientific principles for both the general public and health professionals. Our fact sheet database is current and continues to grow as sports science uncovers new sports nutrition performance benefits. Visit us at www.sportsdietitians.com.au for more information and read our snapshots on nutrition for cycling!
You have trained long and hard and finally it’s the day of your race! Make sure all of your hard efforts are supported by a good race-day plan that keeps you well hydrated and fuelled for a stellar performance on the day. Keeping hydrated will allow for core temperature cooling which helps to maintain concentration, mental focus and the ability to ‘push’ when required. Adequate fuelling not only provides energy for exercise, but also fuels our ‘central driver’ the brain before it reaches working muscles. Find out more how you can maximise your race-day performance here.
RECOVERY AND PROTEIN
There is probably no other nutrient that has captured the imagination of athletes more than protein. Recent interest in the virtues of protein for both fat loss and muscle gain has ensured athletes, both endurance and strength focused, have taken a keener interest in their protein intake. This interest has also stimulated a flourishing protein supplement industry which has been very cleverly marketed. Given this, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that protein and amino acid supplements remain some of the most popular dietary supplements among athletes and fitness enthusiasts, particularly in the recovery period after exercise. How much protein do you need after exercise? Is there any one type of protein better than another? Do you need a protein supplement? Find your answers here.
Ever wondered why the coffee-stop is so popular with cyclists? While coffee is widely accepted for its role in our social culture, caffeine is also widely recognised in sport to enhance physical performance and perception of fatigue. Athletes have experimented with caffeine since the 1970’s and over the decades, sports science has come to understand the reasons why caffeine is an effective sports supplement when used appropriately. Are you getting the right dose of caffeine for your rides? Click here to read more!
SPORTS NUTRITION ADVICE
These days, everyone seems to have an opinion and/or nutrition advice from what they may have heard or read. Unfortunately, there is more misinformation available than accurate and evidence-based sports nutrition information. If you take your cycling seriously and want the right advice, Accredited Sports Dietitians are who to see for all of your sports nutrition and supplement advice. We are the experts in nutrition for sport, including eating for training, hydration testing and advice, supplement guidance, event day plans for optimal performance and achieving body composition goals for your sport. There are Accredited Sports Dietitians in every state in Australia and provide tailored sports nutrition advice for your goals, whether you’re planning your debut event or a race around Australia (as one keen cyclist has just done to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctors with the help of sports dietitians). Find your local Accredited Sports Dietitian here to get the right advice for you!
*The minimum academic requirements for Accredited Sports Dietitians include a Bachelor of Science degree with post-graduate qualifications in dietetics, as well as further sports nutrition accredited studies.
If you have any specific questions about sports nutrition and dietetics, or would simply like to hear more about why sports nutrition is so important, please feel free to contact us.