Dates, the best allies of the long-distance athlete

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Do you like dates? Are you an endurance athlete and ultra-fund? Cyclist, triathlete, trail runner or trail swimmer? You’re in luck 🙂 In this article we explain the characteristics of dates and their nutritional information.

Dates for athletes are an ideal restorative energy food due to their extra contribution in sugars and calories. What’s more, most energy bars made with natural ingredients are based on dates as the main component. They are appropriate when practicing long distance sports or intense physical exertions such as cycling, ultras or trail running.

Dates are one of the most used components to make energy bars for their consistency and nutritional properties. Unlike other caloric foods, dates replenish us quickly but do not give us a feeling of satiety. Its easily and quickly assimilated sugars are released little by little.

These fruits should always be part of the sportsman’s provisions in the background and, above all, ultra-deep, due to their great energy contribution and their ease of transportation in the form of snacks. They are an ideal food to carry in your jersey pocket on routes and cycling marches and as being natural, they are perfectly carried in all weathers.

Dates characteristics

• Dates are rich in sugars and vitamins A and B, and in ancient times it was called the fruit of the tree of life.

• Its consumption can improve the quality of lipids (fats) in the blood without increasing sugar levels.

• Dates not only provide energy to the muscles, but also to the brain, allowing increased capacity and mental agility. Therefore, they are a good resource to focus better and perform much more if you eat a handful. The brain also consumes sugar when we work with our mind intensely.

• They are rich in minerals such as potassium and magnesium, and in vitamin B3. The conjunction of potassium and vitamin B3 or niacin, favours good nervous and muscular function, promoting good psychomotor coordination. Magnesium is related to the functioning of the intestine, nerves and muscles, is part of bones and teeth, improves immunity.

• Dates also have two natural pigments, beta-carotenes and lutein, which help to take care of eyesight and prevent degenerative diseases of the eyes.

• Dates are usually one of the main components of energy bars.

Energy [Kcal] 289.45

Protein [g] 1.88

Carbohydrates [g] 65,10

Fiber [g] 8.70

Total fat [g] 0.45

Read More: The role of nutrition in sport

Virus Performance Gear, Performance Gear For Performance People

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Virus Performance Gear for Performance People

With summer comes running, jumping, sled push and the general tendency – of either you or your coach – to get out and go even harder. The weather is warmer, so you’re looser, which is great for mobility, but all of that work mounts up, making muscles sore.

FitBites have teamed up with Virus Performance Gear, and over the coming months, we’ll be sharing articles on all things fitness, to really help you get the most out of your movement, whether you’re a CrossFitter, runner or yoga enthusiast. In this first article, we’ll introduce Virus, and suggest a few FitBites products to pair with particular sports. You fast-twitch athletes, for example, should check out our Push/Pull FitBites – available to buy directly from our shop.

Made For Movement

In the United States, the Virus Performance roster, the V-Team, consists of MMA fighters, powerlifters, motocross riders, obstacle course champions, and CrossFit Games athletes such as Wes Piatt and Kenneth Leverich. Virus is now available in the UK.

“The gear itself is about as tough as performance gear can be.” That’s Adam Turner, director of Virus in the UK, “It’s designed to look good, and made to perform under stress.”

That stress can mean barbells, mud, wood, grass, friction and repetitive motion. Virus gear is competitively priced, and you get what you pay for. It’s made to support you, and to withstand the abuse of extreme sport.

Speaking of extreme sports, our Protein HIIT balls pack 222 calories per pouch, and 9g of dairy-free hemp protein. We love hemp protein.

The range includes compression shorts, leggings, tops and accessories for both men and women.

The Future of Performance Clothing

What if you’ve never tried compression or real performance clothing before? Isn’t it just really tight? Not quite. Every piece of Virus clothing is built with some of the best, most advanced wearable technology in the world. The Coffee Charcoal fabric in its compression gear is infused with recycled coffee grounds, which add a layer of natural, breathable warmth. CoolJade works to cool the skin relative to your body temperature, and Bioceramic fabrics act to increase endurance and boost recovery, as soon as your workout is over.

Hold on, coffee grounds?

That’s right, recycled coffee grounds. Once they’ve been ground into a fine carbon powder – Coffee Charcoal – the coffee grounds can be made to act just like synthetic fibers, only without the embarrassingly large carbon footprint.

As a base layer for warmth, Virus have found that fabrics made with Coffee Charcoal can raise the skin’s surface temperature by 10 degrees fahrenheit, while still wicking away excess moisture. That’s why you’ll find it in their Stay Warm series.

And Bioceramic?

Bioceramic fabrics are infused with compounds which can help to improve circulation. That’s key, because improved circulation means more oxygen and nutrients, which means stronger endurance and faster recovery.

Exploring The Virus Range

The Stay Warm Series

The Stay Warm series is designed to, guess what, help you stay warm, whether that’s because you have some mobility issues, or because you’re training in cold conditions.

How does the technology in the Stay Warm Series work?

There are more than a few things to consider when making performance clothing intended for warmth, but it boils down to: trapping body heat, wicking away sweat, and supporting functional movement. On every Virus tag, you’ll find little symbols like the ones below, indicating which technologies are used in that particular piece.

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The Coffee Charcoal technology we’ve already mentioned is especially useful in the Stay Warm Series, as it helps to retain heat, and wick away moisture.

 The Stay Cool Series

You got it, the Stay Cool Series does the opposite of the Stay Warm Series. The Stay Cool Series garments are designed to uniformly bring your skin temperature down, while wicking away moisture.

How does the technology in the Stay Cool Series Work?

The star in the Stay Cool Series is CoolJade, which is made using recycled jade, a precious stone hailed for its cooling effects. It’s kind to skin, and durable enough to withstand whatever you’re likely to put it through.

The Energy Series

Here, you’ll find various bits of compression gear, infused with the technology we’ve mentioned, and designed to strategically work key areas of your body, to improve circulation. By strategic, we mean that the compression is tapered and focused in particular areas, to encourage flow where you need it the most – it’s not just uniformly tight.

For an added burst, FitBites Baobab Bounce balls come loaded with the natural energy of African baobab. They’re available in boxes of 10 from our online shop.Baobab-Bounce Optimized

All three collections, Stay Warm, Stay Cool and Energy, also make use of Virus X-Form Posture Control Technology. This technology, which is built into the design, keeps your body stable and supported, so that you’re as efficient and as powerful as possible.

What else?

As CrossFitters, you need clothing that’s durable. Virus’s Airflex shorts are designed with the functional fitness athlete in mind. The inseam is shorter to allow for a greater range of motion, and the 4-way stretch technology means that you’re not restricted at all, or at risk of exposing your butt in the bottom of a PB squat. And for you CrossFitters, we recommend our Pre/Post pouch, to power up before those intense WODs, and recover naturally afterwards.

You can browse and buy the entire Virus range online now.

FitBites Fuel and Recover the Natural Way

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If you’re new to FitBites, welcome! We started making our products in 2014 because of a love for fitness and for healthy, natural foods. We decided early on that we wanted to help out active children’s programmes, too, since we think that getting kids involved in sports is really important for the health of generations to come.

That’s why we donate 10% of our profits to charities and programmes that support this idea – whether for health, social or educational reasons.

So what do we make?

FitBites are really simple. They’re made from fruits, nuts, seeds and some really special ingredients often referred to as ‘superfoods’. We don’t include these superfoods because they’re trendy, though. We include them because we want to pack as much useful nutrition into our condensed little balls of energy as possible.

The spirulina in our Spirulina Stretch ball, for example, is one of the most protein-rich food sources on the planet, at around 60% of its dry weight – that’s more than beef, milk and eggs!

The sweetness in FitBites comes from fruits, like figs and dates, and our Acai Asana ball is rolled in organic cacao powder, which when combined with that sweet fruit, feels pretty special (if we do say so ourselves!)

We started out with FitBites in the yoga community, but actually, they’re perfect for anything from running, to cycling and even newer sports like CrossFit.

We really are passionate about helping people to fuel their workouts the natural way, with foods that are both effective and taste great. We hope that you’ll enjoy eating FitBites as much as we enjoy coming up with the flavour combinations and making them. Our range currently includes:

Spirulina Stretch – Spriulina, almond, apricot and coconut

Maca Mantra – Maca, almonds and coconut

Acai Asana – Acai, cranberry, fig and cacao

With others planned for release very soon.

We’ve also just released our Pre/Post-workout pouch, the first product of its kind, to combine a ball designed for pre-workout, and a ball designed for post-workout, in a single sporty pouch.

The pre-workout ball contains chia seeds, banana, spirulina and guarana. The post-workout ball contains cherry, beetroot, almond, hemp protein and virgin coconut oil.

We have 50 of these awesome pouches to give away, too! All you need to do, is visit our Facebook or Twitter page, like or favourite the post, and then share it.

Until then, stay healthy!