When beginning a new exercise regimen it is important to educate yourself on proper nutrition and proper resting periods to achieve optimal performance. This applies to you weekend warriors and avid athletes as well. Proper nutrition will make you feel better, recover faster and perform at a higher level. You wouldn’t dream of giving your Porsche regular gasoline when you know it requires Premium octane to give you the performance it deserves. Optimal performance requires optimal nutrition and supplementation. There are many benefits of exercise; but regular, high intensity activity depletes many essential nutrients at a rapid rate. Many people start off with nutritional deficiencies, or are taking medications that promote nutritional depletion, making it more difficult to perform at an optimal level. If your new exercise regimen is something you want to be able to continue indefinitely then there are some other things you need to think about like your ability to train, keeping a healthy immune system, recovery time and stamina. Timing of nutrients is also essential. Let’s look at the needs of an athlete.