There’s always a fun run coming up somewhere in Brisbane, but this time of year is particularly busy. Whether you’re training for the Bridge to Brisbane or you just want to get fit, nutritionist Stephen Eddey’s tips will come in handy.

Stephen Eddey is the Principal of Health Schools Australia, and trains over 1000 nutritionists and naturopaths each year. Here’s what he reckons you should do…

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If you enjoy exercise and train hard regularly, you should consider taking a Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) supplement. CoQ10 is found naturally in your body and approximately 90% of it is in the active form, Ubiquinol. Ubiquinol is considered to be one of the most powerful antioxidants and it helps your body’s cells convert energy, however evidence suggests that your Ubiquinol levels deplete as we age and if we put lots of stress on our bodies. Studies have also shown that over time, Ubiquinol may help enhance peak power production in trained athletes.

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Try to target all of the food groups in the days leading to your run. A well balanced meal that contains carbs, protein, good fats, antioxidants and vegetables is a good formula to follow any day of the week, but particularly when you are in the lead up to fun run season.

Wet, wet, wet

Fluids and hydration are essential. Have as much water as you can the day before the race and of course a little in the morning prior to the race. Post-race (or during the race) an Electrolyte formula is a good way to replenish your body.

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Post-race, try to eat something high in protein within 20 minutes. If you can’t stomach food, a protein shake with magnesium and minerals in it can suffice until you can. You need to boost the minerals that you have lost.

Consistency is key

For the day of the race, stick to what you are already used to. Don’t change anything food or dietary wise the day of as it can bloat you or your body won’t be used to it and may react in an undesirable way. If you want to make changes to your diet, do it a few weeks before and stick with it until race day. That will give your body time to get used to it.