EAT RIGHT : SWIM FAST
Swimming is an intense sport, so all competitive swimmers need to make sure they fuel their bodies with the proper nutrition, in the right quantity, day-in and day-out.
On race days, it’s important to snack on energy foods between events and stay well-hydrated with water, not relying on energy drinks, sport drinks and energy bars alone.
What the body needs
There are plenty of good food choices for swimmers before a swim meet or practice. For starters, every swimmer should eat small and easily digestible snacks in between events, including:
- Apples (Red Delicious & Grannie Smith)
- Pecans & Walnuts (if you’re not allergic)
- Berries (Cranberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Strawberries)
- Power Bars
Keep a flask of water with you and stay hydrated. You can also add pomegranate juice to your water for a tasty alternative (dilute it 50:50 with your water).
Preparing your food
How the food is prepared is just as important on what foods you eat.
The night before a meet, it’s important to have a meal rich in protein and carbohydrates, like pasta, rice and beans.
The morning of the meet, eat a light breakfast high in carbohydrates, like a whole grain bagel or whole grain toast and fruit two to three hours before the event.
Good luck everyone!