Wendy Martinson |

Nutrition to support active, strong, and healthy ageing

In our latest article for masters, Wendy Martinson, Consultant Nutritionist GBRT, shares her research findings on nutritional recommendations for older athletes, highlighting five key areas of health and nutrition to pay special attention to as we age

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If you’re reading this article, the chances are high that you are already engaged in regular physical activity within the rowing community or elsewhere; and the great news is that keeping physically active is one of the most important things we can do to combat the negative impact that ageing has on our bodies. Research shows that at any age, participation in sport results in a 20-40% reduction in all causes of death compared with non-participation, so keep on rowing!

Some of the age-related changes that happen to our bodies over time include loss of muscle and bone mass, an increase in body fat, decreased absorption and utilisation of some nutrients, reduced immunity, changes in gut function, decreased sensitivity to taste, smell and reduced thirst.

But don’t worry all is not lost! Regular exercise and the type of food that we choose can influence these changes and this article will delve a little deeper into this topic and cover five key areas of health and nutrition to pay special attention to as we age.

The limited literature available on the nutrition requirements of ageing or master level athletes is focused mainly on males over 60 years. However, it is possible to make recommendations utilising research available both on younger athlete populations and the impact of ageing on body functions.

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