When training for an event or working towards a fitness goal, it’s essential that your training, nutrition and recovery strategies are effective. You want to make your efforts count and don’t want any aspects of your training, diet or lifestyle to be counterproductive to achieving your goal. Medichecks offers an easy way to monitor your vital statistics, giving you valuable insight into your inner health, helping you tailor your training and nutrition to meet your targets.
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Five key blood markers that are important to monitor when training
Testosterone is the male hormone that stimulates muscle growth, helps with fat burning and affects mood …and motivation in both men and women. Low levels can cause fatigue, a lack of endurance and low muscle mass. If you’re finding it difficult to lose those extra pounds and gain that six-pack you’ve been after, or you’re struggling to find the motivation to keep up your gym routine, low testosterone could be to blame. Having a greater understanding of your levels could help optimise your sporting performance.
C-Reactive Protein, or CRP is a protein produced in the liver that is a marker of inflammation in …the body. Chronic inflammation can lead to the development of heart disease, certain types of cancer and autoimmune diseases such as coeliac disease and arthritis. High-intensity sports increase inflammation and CRP levels. If you do not allow your body to recover after training, CRP levels will remain elevated. Exercise with proper recovery can help to decrease CRP levels. When training, it’s important to monitor CRP to make sure you are correctly balancing exercise and recovery.
Iron is a mineral vital for transporting oxygen from the blood to the tissues. Efficiently using …oxygen is very important in athletic training and muscle building. Red meat, fish, fruit, vegetables and whole grains are all good sources of iron. Ferritin is a protein that stores iron, so your body can use it later and the amount of ferritin in your blood is directly related to the amount of iron stored in your body. Low iron stores may compromise performance, so it’s important to keep track of your levels.
Vitamin B12 is essential to produce red blood cells, which are responsible for delivering oxygen …to the muscles. A deficiency in B12 can lead to anaemia, which can cause weakness and fatigue. It is important to check your B12 levels as B12 is crucial for performance, as well as overall health. It’s especially important for those who are vegetarian or vegan to make sure they are not deficient, as most people get their B12 through animal products.
Vitamin D is important for when exercising as it relates to overall health, bone density, innate …immunity and muscle wasting. When we are exposed to the sun, our body creates vitamin D using nutrients obtained from certain foods including oily fish. Many of us in the UK are vitamin D deficient – with symptoms including muscle weakness, mood swings and fatigue. To train and perform optimally, it is important to monitor and track your vitamin D levels.