Whether you’re a recreational athlete, weekend warrior or elite athlete, you’d be forgiven in thinking it’s what you eat and drink before, during and after training and performing that will help you harness the benefits of nutrition.
Without a doubt, a well-planned nutrition strategy for these times will aid performance and promote recovery. However, if you think about how many times a week you actually train or compete and how many meals or snacks you eat away from these times, it’s easy to see just how important a well balanced diet becomes.
If you’re happy with your training strategy and competition strategy, now might be the time to reflect on your diet and food choices the rest of the time. We work with many athletes who are religious with their competition day food choices, and yet, away from training and competition, they fall well short of what would constitute a healthy diet. For example, skipping breakfast, poor hydration, shop bought sandwich and a fizzy drink at lunch and pasta bake for dinner. A poor intake of fresh fruit and vegetables, lean sources of protein and dairy is far too common.
A healthy balanced diet has the following benefits:
Small changes really can make big differences. Ensuring you eat two pieces of fruit each day if you currently eat only one or eating breakfast 3-4 times a week if you currently skip it everyday are manageable and meaningful changes in the right direction.
If you are serious about maximising your performance and optimising your recovery, click here to find loads of practical tips on how to improve your day-to-day diet and overall health and wellbeing.