Imagine pouring fizzy drinks into a brand new Ferrari instead of high quality fuel…it wouldn’t work well would it? Your body is exactly the same, you will get out of it what you put in to it – therefore if you want high performance, you need high quality balanced nutrition.
To be a professional footballer or athlete in any sport, you need to take what you eat seriously, here are some quick tips to help you:
- Instead of fizzy drinks, drink water or squash with no added sugar. Better for your body and particularly better for your teeth. Did you know up to 70% of your body is made up of water? You need to keep it topped up!
- Limit the amounts of chocolates and crisps that you eat – everyone has treats but balance them with fruit and veg, a balanced diet is key to you becoming a success.
- Instead of sugary cereals in the morning, try Porridge for a healthy start to the day. Porridge has a slow release effect on your body – meaning you stay full for longer. Try it with some berries on top to help you hit your five-fruit/veg-per-day target.
- Make sure you have enough fuel before training and that you top up your fuel afterwards too. Try pasta and chicken before training and don’t forget to drink lots of water during and afterwards so that your body will be back on form (you won’t always feel thirsty, but your body needs fluid when training).
- Eat a good mix of carbohydrates and protein-packed food each day, including pasta or rice (for carbs) and chicken, turkey, nuts or even peanut butter for protein. A portion is basically what you can fit in the palm of your hand.
Your growing body needs high quality fuel – feed it with fruit and vegetables! Fruit and veg doesn’t have to be boring:
- Try out fruit that you’ve never tried before, most supermarkets have a great range from all across the World! Try a different one each week until you’ve tried them all.
- Have you tried fruit kebabs? All you need are some kebab skewers and some chopped up bits of fruit, it’s a great snack and good for picnics and barbecues.
Balanced nutrition means that you can still have treats but importantly make sure that your body gets the correct levels of nutrients, calories and vitamins each day which then all work together to make you perform at your best.
By forming a sustainable working relationship with Princes Gate, we feel we’ve found a great way to educate young people of the benefits of drinking water for reasons such as health, before, during and after sporting activities.
With all the research around fizzy and energy drinks, we at the AWSC want to educate the young people who attend our camps about the benefits of swapping these drinks for a more healthier option, such as bottled water.
If you would like to receive more advice about any of the information bove then please contact us.