The other day at the gym, after a refreshing but hard workout, I was stretching my recently used muscles when I overheard part of a conversation between the two women next to me. I heard one of the women say she thought the reports were wrong and that diet soda wasn’t really bad for you. Now don’t get me wrong. I do not have a perfect diet, and I do at times drink diet soda. I am not a nutritionist, but I am pretty sure there are absolutely no health benefits to diet soda. When I make a poor diet choice it does impact my fitness and general health. The best performance enhancing drugs you can take for yourself is a balanced diet, proper hydration and honesty about what you are consuming.
As the fall sports schedules begin, it is important to fuel your body with good nutrients to help you perform. In order to build muscle you need a combination of carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats. Check out South County Physical Therapy blog for some ideas about how much water you should be drinking before, during and after a workout. While you are there, you can check out previous posts about the use of aspartame and the negative effects of diet soda.
Laura Tidd Turner, PT
Director, South County Physical Therapy