To understand the importance of fuelling our bodies adequately to enhance training performance, lets firstly consider how we would prepare a top-of-the-line car before it is taken for a long drive. Surprisingly they require similar processes!
Any automotive specialist would recommend at a minimum having a full tank of premium petrol. This is similar to what is required for an athlete before participating in a gruelling training session! Before undertaking a training session you will require a substantial amount of good quality food! In order to be well prepared for your training sessions, have a look over this checklist:
Have I eaten enough throughout the day and before the training session?
– Firstly and most importantly, eating adequate amounts of food to support your training level is vital to performance. Food is the fuel required for our bodies to perform at optimal levels. If we don’t consume enough, or consume the wrong types of food, we will not have the energy, strength or power to complete the session at our full potential.
– If the session is first thing in the morning, you may like to eat or drink something immediately upon waking, however if this doesn’t suit, then you will definitely require a good quality dinner the night before, with possibly a snack before bed.
– If the session is in the afternoon, you need to make sure you have had a good quality breakfast, morning snack, lunch and most importantly pre training snack – something relatively high in carbohydrates will provide you with the energy you will need.
– Examples of pre training snacks include a tub of yogurt and piece of fruit, a fruit smoothie, 1-2 museli bars, rice crackers with peanut butter and honey
While it is true that a well-fuelled athlete is a happy, healthy and potentially successful athlete, aim for progress not perfection. Remember that there is no single miracle food that will guarantee perfect nutrition or significantly enhanced performance. Focus on not only what you consume the day/s of training, but also what you consume over the entire week! In addition remember everyone is different, so don’t compare what may work for you to someone else! If you would like to learn more about how food can impact your performance, or if you would like to discuss a tailored eating plan, please arrange a nutrition consultation with Ally!