Sleep and Athletic Performance

Tanya Jones Brain health, Performance, Running Performance, Sleep Leave a Comment

Sleep is an essential component of our health and well-being. There are significant impacts on physical development, emotional regulation, cognitive performance, and quality of life when we don’t sleep well. Sleep is also an integral part of the recovery and adaptive process between training sessions. We work so hard during training so shouldn’t we put that same effort into sleeping as well?

Nutrition, Cognitive Sports Training and Performance

Tanya Jones Antioxidants, Brain health, Cognitive Training, Mental Imagery, Mindfulness, Omega-3s, Performance, Running Performance, Self-talk 2 Comments

There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that cognitive sports training can also play a role in sports performance enhancement. Cognitive sports training encompasses a broad range of mental tasks designed to improve various aspects of athletic performance. We’ve all had those moments when you didn’t think you could run one more step or lift one more rep but somehow you almost always area able to do so. So much of our sport performance is psychological, so it makes sense to support that aspect of your training as well.

Using Your Cycle as a Guide for Sport Performance

Tanya Jones Female Hormones, Hormone Cycle Training, Nutrient Timing, Performance, Running Performance, Training Leave a Comment

Have you noticed that your menstrual cycle affects your workouts, your hunger levels, and your sleep? I sure have, and as an athlete and sports nutritionist, I wanted to understand how best to train and nourish my body during each phase to achieve optimal training results. Understanding your cycle will allow you to adapt your training and eating to support your sport and athletic performance. In this week’s blog post, I will discuss how to do this based on the role of each hormone and when it is dominant.

Strength Training for Performance Through Perimenopause and Beyond – Part 2

Tanya Jones Performance, Running Performance, Training, Uncategorized 2 Comments

No matter where you are in your menopause journey, we can look at strength training in the same way. If you still have some hormones, even though they are fluctuating and declining [or perhaps you have chosen to use menopausal hormone therapy (MTH)] it is important to remember that you still need exercise stress and a protein to actually stimulate muscle protein synthesis. Let’s discuss how to utilize different training modalities to build and maintain lean muscle mass and bone density during perimenopause and beyond.

Athletic Performance Through Perimenopause and Beyond – part 1

Tanya Jones Performance, Running Performance 2 Comments

Hi, are you like me, wondering why your midsection is expanding and why you’re having trouble hitting performance targets? I know that I train hard, eat well and do my best to get sleep, minus a few TikTok rabbit holes every once in a while. So, what’s going on? I decided to do some research and it appears that I’m …

How to Fuel an Ultra

sarah cuff Run Faster, Run Stronger, Running Performance 6 Comments

For any runner who aspires to run an ultra marathon (which is technically anything longer than the marathon distance) and for those of you who currently do tackle ultras, you’ll either have an idea or have personally experienced how daunting fuelling the longer distances properly can be. I’ve now run a half dozen 50k’s and 50 milers along with 2 …

5 Reasons to Become more Metabolically Efficient

sarah cuff Run Faster, Run Recovery, Run Stronger, Running Performance 39 Comments

After a good half-year of struggling with energy, performance and weight gain, I decided to try something – a solution to my woes if you will – that isn’t readily taught in traditional sports nutrition. As a result it helped me to bounce back from months of lacklustre performance and rather extreme fatigue. Plus those extra pounds that had been slowly …

5 Reasons You NEED Tart Cherries

sarah cuff Antioxidants, Avoiding Injury, Beverages, Ergogenic Aids, Food for Runners, Fruit, Heart Health, Performance, Run Faster, Run Recovery, Run Stronger, Running Performance, Superfoods for Runners 10 Comments

Tart cherry juice is something I drink pretty much every single day – and definitely everyday when in hardcore training mode. Why? For one, because I know it helps me to recover so much faster. I have no doubt its anti-inflammatory effects have allowed me to get back out there running and feeling great the very next day after a …