ESSNA issues sports nutrition advice to suit home-based lifestyle

By Will Chu

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Related tags: ESSNA, Nutrition, Sports nutrition

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) makes available a guide for home-based sports nutrition in which the group offers advice to keep mentally and physically sharp during the pandemic.

Created in response to the shift in a home-based lifestyle, the guide​ consists of five steps to maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, that includes advice on vitamin and mineral intake.

“At this difficult time, many may feel concerned about exercising and their mental health,”​ says Adam Carey, the Chair of ESSNA.

“Our new ESSNA guide has been designed to ensure that everyone can stay active at home safely and feel a little more in control of their lives and health.

“No matter where you live or how small your home may be, this guide will help you to remain active.

“It includes our top at-home sports nutrition tips, how to think creatively about activities at home, and how to tailor your nutrition to your individual exercise goals.”

Supporting immunity

The guide points readers to sports nutrition products that contain vitamin A, B12, B6, C, D, copper, folate, iron or selenium can help to support immunity at this time.

In addition, vitamin D is highlighted as a nutrient that contributes to bone maintenance and normal muscle function, also proving beneficial to those unable to leave the home and gain vitamin D from sunlight.

The guide also advises those whose focus is maintaining muscle mass to consume plenty of protein, which also contributes to bone maintenance.

“Vitamin D and potassium should also be important ingredients in your sports nutrition products, as they also contribute to healthy muscle function,”​ the advice adds.

“Creatine can also enhance the effect of resistance training, particularly for those over 55.”

“ESSNA’s priority is, of course, the safety of its consumers and we are continuing to work on material that can help the European consumer stay active and healthy,”​ adds Carey.

“We urge everyone to ensure they abide by government advice and minimise contact as much as possible.”  

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