Balancing Energy Intake with Energy Expenditure for Female Runners
Overtraining syndrome is more common amongst runners than you would think. Often an enthusiasm for running, improving performance and body composition can lead to runners being over zealous with their training plans. Many focus on training and neglect to pay attention to their requirements for good nutrition and adequate rest.
The inter-play of chronic over exercising with insufficient energy intake (from food) and insufficient sleep/rest may lead to a prolonged and unexpected decrease in performance and deterioration in both physical and mental health.
We discuss the Sports Performance Triangle, Female Athlete Triad (FAT) and Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (REDs).
Fascinating insights into the importance of balancing energy intake with energy expenditure to promote running performance and overall great health.
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What is the definition of overtraining syndrome and how does is manifest in runners.
What are the triggers for this overtraining syndrome and the links to the sports performance triangle?
An overview of overtraining syndrome, Female Athlete Triad (FAT) and Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (REDs).
The Female Athlete Triangle and the inter relation with low energy availability, menstrual dysfunction, and low bone mineral density.
Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (REDs) and how it encompasses the health male and female athletes and the impact on poor health and sporting performance.
The importance of adjusting food/energy intake to meet increased energy expenditure as your endurance training increases.
The links between REDs and Disordered Eating, Eating Disorders and reduced athletic performance.
How to notice the early signs of overtraining syndrome and how to guard against the development of REDs.
The Key Takeaways from this episode:
The suggestions we make during this episode are for guidance and
advice only, and are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment.
If you have any concerns regarding your health, please contact
your healthcare professional for advice as soon as possible.
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