If you exercise regularly, it’s important to know that what you eat can have an effect on your exercise performance and results. Eating a wide variety of foods—especially fruits and vegetables—will positively affect your endurance and stamina when exercising and during your everyday activities.
A major benefit of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is found in the number of micronutrients they provide. These micronutrients play an important role in maintaining health and optimizing exercise performance, energy production and tissue recovery during cardiovascular and strength-training exercises. It is essential to consume a diet rich in fruits and vegetables to deliver these nutrients, which in turn support your regular physical activity. They are also necessary to maintain your immune system in tip-top shape!
If you’re not taking in enough (7-13 servings per day, every day) fruits and vegetables, muscle damage, decreased muscle strength, impaired immune function (getting sick regularly) and symptoms of fatigue have been shown to develop—all of which can be detrimental to your training, recovery and overall fitness.!