As an athlete, I’m always looking for a competitive edge. Whether it’s my workout routine or my diet, I want to be the best version of myself possible. Unfortunately, there are some things that even the best-intentioned athletes can’t control which can lead to serious problems down the line. This is especially true for women who have a history with disordered eating or menstrual dysfunction. While these issues may seem unrelated at first glance, they actually share some common factors that need addressing if you’re going to maintain your health and athletic performance over time. In this article we’ll look at three major problems that shorten female athletes’ careers—and what we can do about them!
Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, are serious mental illnesses that can affect anyone. They’re more common in women than men, but men can have disordered eating as well.
The most common types of disordered eating are:
- Anorexia nervosa: People with this disorder starve themselves to the point where they may not be able to function at all or even breathe normally. A person who is underweight (BMI below 18) and has excessive fear of gaining weight or becoming overweight is considered to have anorexic tendencies.* Bulimia nervosa: People who binge on food and then purge by vomiting after meals; they also engage in self-induced vomiting through fasting or overuse of laxatives.* Binge Eating Disorder: Also known as BED, individuals with this condition eat large amounts of food at one time without being full—or feeling any sense of control over when their next meal will arrive —and then feel disgusted afterward because it was too much.* Other Conditions With Similar Symptoms Include Overeating Disorder And Compulsive Eating Behavior
Menstrual dysfunction is a common problem for female athletes. It can lead to missed training sessions and poor performance, especially when it occurs during the premenstrual phase of the menstrual cycle.
The causes of menstrual dysfunction include stress, diet and training. Stress from overtraining or poor dietary choices combined with high intensity training can cause an imbalance in your hormones (testosterone/estradiol), which will affect your menstrual cycle.
To treat this condition, reduce your stress levels by getting enough sleep and being mindful about what you eat so that you do not exceed your energy needs.
Low Bone Mineral Density
The first thing you should know about bone density is that calcium and vitamin D are extremely important for maintaining it. You must get enough of both if you want to stay healthy!
It’s also important to note that weight bearing exercise like running, walking on a treadmill, elliptical machine or even jumping rope will help build strong bones in addition to keeping your body fit overall.
Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can go a long way towards keeping your bones strong as well. You should also try not to smoke or drink too much alcohol since both bad habits can cause low bone density as well as other health problems.
Treat your body right, and it will treat you right during athletics and in life.
To be successful in life and athletics, it’s important to treat your body right. The following are some tips on how to care for yourself:
- Eat healthy food.
- Get enough sleep each night (7-9 hours is best).
- Exercise regularly (at least 3-5 times a week).
- Don’t smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol excessively. These habits can hurt your health and performance levels, which will make it harder for you to perform at your best when it matters most.
- Avoid taking drugs that would impair your performance or make it more difficult for you to recover from injuries if they occur during competition time; this includes illegal substances like marijuana as well as over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
We know that the world is not a perfect place and that there are many issues that women have to deal with. We also know that these three problems can be difficult, especially if they’re affecting your athletic career. But we hope this article has given you some insight into what you can do about them! The most important thing is to always remember: take care of yourself first.