Bananas for sport!

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Following last week’s pamper guide, it’s back to business with how bananas can help you to stay in shape.

Although most people reach for Lucozade when they’re flagging at the gym, recent studies suggest they might be better off reaching for a banana. According to research, not only do bananas equal the amount of energy provided by sports drinks, they also provide several additional benefits.

Packed with antioxidants not found in energy drinks, a banana also provides a greater nutritional boost, containing fibre, potassium and Vitamin B6. In addition, bananas have a healthier blend of sugars than sports drinks, making them the all-round better choice for athletes.

Once you’re in the gym and on the treadmill, you might find your muscles begin to cramp. This is due to Potassium depletion, meaning that a great cure for the cramps is (yes, you guessed it) bananas! The Potassium crammed fruit helps stave off and relieve cramps, meaning you can keep on running.

If you’re exercising for weight loss, it also might be a good idea to start snacking on our favourite yellow fruit. Not only are bananas low in fat, they also contain Manganese, which not only plays a role in healing injuries but also increases your metabolism, making sure your body gets the most from every meal.

So there you have it, kick the sports drinks, grab a banana and get down to the gym (after all, you need to work off last week’s banana cocktails!)