In the majority of cases, competitive athletes are to be done and dusted by the age of 30 with the prospects of their career well and truly over. Elivar confronts this traditional stereotype and creates nutritious supplements specifically designed for
athletes and active sports people over the age of 35. Vigour events endorse Elivar’s Endure products to sustain outdoor-swimming in cold-water temperatures. As the majority of our customers are in fact over the age of 35, it is imperative to have an awareness of the body’s decline, which encourages us to consider the correct nutrition for our swimmers.
As we age the body undergoes sacropenia (the loss of muscle) and is more susceptible to injury. It is difficult to preserve muscle mass, absorb and synthesize vitamins and minerals to maintain strong bones and joints. The more that we exercise as we get older, the more difficult it becomes to absorb the essential nutrients we need.
Elivar is designed with the 35+body in mind to ensure that they can maximise the athlete’s training results. The supplement contains a blend of calcium and vitamin D to optimise healthy bones, a mixture of vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, biotin, Vitamin C and B12 to encourage a normal yielding metabolism and energy production. The amount and timing of protein consumption are crucial to induce recovery and gain fat free mass during exercise. By consuming an Elivar Endure before or during your outdoor swim at Vigour Events you are benefiting from whey protein that delivers muscle-supporting branched-chain amino acids (BCAA’S) that ultimately begins recovery while you train.
Len Dunn, one of the founders of Elivar Nutrition said, “After rowing at International level, I was accustomed to an athlete’s training regime and was fit throughout my adult career. As time progressed, Donal Hanrahan and myself needed to find a nutrition solution that catered for our bodies. There was nothing on the market that suited our strenuous regimes and as we got older we found we needed more of a recovery kick than what the average supplement could give. As a sponsor of Vigour Events, we believe in the importance of maintaining a training regime in the water. It makes sense to fuel your training with smart nutrition”.
Unlike other supplement products on the market that focus on energy replacement rather than a 3:1 carb to protein ratio, Elivar use a 1:1 ratio of carbs to protein which gives you 60% more protein. As the body ages it takes longer for it to process the changes, fuelling your nutrition correctly ensures that you can maintain a healthy body just like you had in your 20’s.
As we age, nutrition and exercise become fundamental to maintain a healthy body. You also become more sensitive to changes in blood sugar levels. Elivar is a unique supplement that contains low glycaemic index sugars that will not overload the body and gives a steady supply of carbohydrates whilst participating in exercise.
Consistent physical activity such as open water swimming, running and cycling can offset the detrimental effects of aging, contribute to a reduction in the risk of chronic diseases and can reduce overall mortality rates related to age. From the offset of 25, we begin to produce smaller amounts of anabolic hormones such as growth hormones that maintain our muscle mass. Supplement your swimming, running or biking regime with strength training to slow age-related muscle atrophy. Combine strength training with adequate protein and correct post-workout nutrition to gain optimum results and help your body beat the clock.
Unfortunately another disadvantage of growing older is that our energy needs decrease and as we age there is a simultaneous decrease in the resting metabolic rate (this means you can’t eat as much food as you used to). Indulge in a diet that is high in antioxidant rich fruit and vegetables that will slow the aging process and its’ effect on performance. Aging is caused by free radical damage to body tissue and as the body ages it is more difficult to protect itself from free radicals. Supplement with antioxidants, which is especially helpful for older athletes. At V
igour Events, we know that you are doing everything you can to protect you health and wellbeing but ensure that you factor your nutrition into the equation, so that all your hard work is not for nothing.