Vitamins and Nutrients

10 Nutrients Active Bodies Need

Boost your workout results—and your energy levels—with these essential vitamins and minerals

Healthy Eating for Busy Bodies

10 Nutrients Active Bodies Need // essential nutrients for active people © Corbis

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Maintaining a balanced diet is a cornerstone of good health, but it’s never more important than when you’re embarking on—or ramping up—a regular exercise routine. “An essential part of preparing for and recovering from exercise is how you fuel your body,” says JJ Virgin, PhD, a certified nutrition and exercise coach in Palm Desert, CA. A balanced diet helps keep your body in equilibrium for challenging physical tasks. If you’re lacking proper nutrients, your energy levels—and workout goals—will suffer. “Put exercise and diet together, and it’s like one plus one equals three,” says Virgin. Here are 10 nutrients to hone in on for peak performance, plus the foods and supplements you’ll need to get them.

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