You’ve been hitting the gym, track or field, but now the progress you’ve been making has stalled? If this sounds familiar, or you’ve set yourself a goal to improve in your chosen sport, fuelling yourself appropriately for the activity you’re doing is an important factor in your performance.
Whether you are a recreational athlete or not, exercising increases the amount of energy you need, and hence the amount of food you need to eat. Depending on the type and duration of the sport or exercise you do, the amount of foods containing carbohydrates and protein you need will vary, as well as how much water you need to drink to fuel your body during exercise and after to support recovery and repair.
For better sports performance, take a look at how the way your current eating stacks up against our pre and post training fuelling recommendations:
- Fuel well for the activity you’re planning to do. What you need to eat for a moderately paced walk is different to that required if you’re going for a one hour high intensity workout.
- Practice the 3Rs of post-exercise nutrition. Refuel, repair and re-hydrate.
Foods that may help to improve your performance in your chosen sport or exercise may include:
- Rolled Oats
You can read more about foods to eat that can support you in performing better in sport here: