Sporting success can be attributed to a number of factors. One of the most fundamental reasons a person is successful in sport though is their ability to supersede their competition through improved and more efficient training. In order to get the most out of a training session and be ready to go again in a short period of time, is the effectiveness of the recovery process. Recovery is hugely effected by a number of variables, including but not limited to - the amount of sleep, the nutrition to re-fuel your body amongst other factors.
Taking into consideration that nutrition plays a huge part of an athletes recovery it is one of the most underrated aspects in amateur sport. Here at Airofin we love learning about nutrition and feeding our body for sport. We have read and watched so much in this area over the past year and thought we would recommend 5 of the top documentaries on Health and Nutrition on Netflix which give a great overview on nutrition for the body which can have a hugely impactful effect on sporting performance.
Forks Over Knives
This is an American advocacy film that advocates a whole food plant based diet as a way to avoid or reverse several chronic diseases. It is definitely an interesting watch and one that puts some strong case studies forward about the benefits of a plant based diet. Obviously looking at this from a sporting aspect - if you have fuelled your body adequately to fight off diseases then you will be able to stick to a more effective training plan.
This is a feature length documentary that explores how food choices impact our health, the health of our planet and the lives of other living species on earth. It features Rich Roll - the 50 year old Vegan Ultra Ironman who has been named in Mens Health as one of the top 50 fittest men in the world and has completed in a number of triathlon and ultra distance races. As well, there is Anthony Evans featured who is an inspirational cancer survivor who has gone plant based to help him recover through cancer.
What the Health
What the health is a documentary film which critiques the health impact of meat and dairy product consumption and questions the practices of the leading health and pharmaceutical organisations. The film has been criticised by some scientific skeptics stating that they have cherry picked some of the data - however they all agree that supporting a diet which includes more plant based food would play a crucial role in improved human health.
This focuses on the challenges converting to a plant based / vegan diet. Following 3 meat eaters who agree to adopt a vegan diet for 6 weeks. Again a really informative and informational film. Take a watch on this to see if they stick with the Vegan diet after their trial is over....
This documentary is another great one to help kick off your health and nutrition goals. This explores the causes of obesity in the U.S presenting evidence that large quantities of sugar in processed foods are an overlooked root of the problem. This one really makes you think differently about the amount of processed sugar we consume on a daily basis.