Omega-3, body composition and squash

 
squash-omega-3
 
 

Squash is an indoor racquet sport, suitable for all ages, which can be played for leisure (it is a lot of fun) or as a competitive sport, and has several health benefits: improves cardiovascular health, increases strength and fitness, maintains a healthy weight, increases flexibility and strength in the back, promotes good coordination, agility and flexibility, and builds hand-eye coordination; moreover, it improves psychological wellbeing (self-confidence and self-esteem, social skills, concentration) and helps to reduce stress.
Squash can involve frequent stopping and starting, so it is important to do warm-up exercises before playing, and do cool-down exercises after the game. Drink plenty of water before, during and after playing is also beneficial. The body composition of a squash player is also very important, because it may affect athletic performance (carrying excessive body fat may increase injury risk and impair agility and speed).
A daily multivitamin/multimineral supplement with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and whey protein, along with a moderate energy-restricted diet, may help to reduce body fat and improve the body composition in women squash players.

 

Bibliography:

Rosimus C. Case study: the effect of nutritional intervention on body composition and physical performance of a female squash player. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2017:1-18. [Epub ahead of print] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29091479

ABC Health & Wellbeing. What moves you? [Internet]. Australia: Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s [Fecha de consulta: noviembre 2017]. Disponible en: http://www.abc.net.au/health/healthyliving/fitness/exerciseguide/stories/2007/06/05/1947694.htm

Better Health Channel [Internet]. Australia: Department of Health & Human Services, State Government of Victoria [Última actualización: agosto 2014; fecha de consulta: noviembre 2017]. Disponible en: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/squash-health-benefits