There is no doubt that athletes have different nutritional needs than those who don’t train for sports. Most, if not all, are young and active. However, this doesn’t make them an exception when it comes to developing unhealthy habits.

Dr. Brian Bixler, a former Division I scholarship athlete, wanted them to know they could change those habits now, improve their overall health, and possibly improve their athletic performance. But more importantly, developing good habits could help them avoid a health issue or health risk years down the line.

Developing good habits could help them avoid a health issue or health risk years down the line.

If you’re an athlete or know someone that is, here are two ways you are sabotaging your health:

Eating processed foods

“A processed food is simply a food that has been changed in some way before it gets to your table,” said Summit Health’s registered dietitian Melissa Benzon, who is based in Chambersburg. “That includes foods that are frozen, packaged, or canned that have been changed with fortifying or preserving.”

While it might not show up as a problem in their teenage years, with their ability to burn off empty calories, if left unchecked it’s a recipe for trouble in years to come.”

Drinking calories

“The rule of thumb that I share with athletes is if it’s really hot out, like the 95-degree days we’ve had and they’re outside training, they should be using sports drinks from the get-go because it’s dangerous and they can become dehydrated,” Leg Up Farm’s registered dietitian Julie Stefanski said.

“But if your activity is less than 90 minutes and your training inside, you don’t need a sports drink.”

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