Skateboarding is an action sport – it is physical and demanding – and all in all a pretty intense form of exercise! As such it helps if you’re fit and healthy – and today we are going to share with you 5 basic but useful nutritional tips.
1. Carbohydrates. This is your fuel. It gives you the energy to skate. You should probably be looking at carbs forming a good chunk of your diet – so tuck into some tasty cereal in the morning, make yourself a great bagel at lunch and enjoy some pasta and jacket potatoes in the evening. Easy.
2. Proteins. This is used for building and repairing muscles. It keeps your muscles in fighting condition to skate. They reckon that proteins should form about a fifth of your diet – so grab yourself some nice meat, eggs and beans. And remember that if you’re still growing you’ll probably need more.
3. Fats. That’s right we need fats! Among other things stored fat can move vitamins around the body and is the largest reserve of stored energy available for activity. Your diet needs to include a reasonable amount (of the low saturated variety ideally) so get your teether into some avocadoes, nuts and fish.
4. Vitamins and Minerals. These little beauties are crucial to almost every process. They help break down carbohydrates and fats which are your primary muscle fuels during exercise – and they’re also involved in the building of muscle in response to training. Skaters should be aiming to eat at least 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables per day and choose whole grain breads and cereals.
5. Fluids. You’ve eaten well but don’t forget to drink well too. Water is required to regulate body temperature, give us good circulation, maintain salt balance, and remove wastes! When you skate – you’re going to sweat – and fluids are lost. Because it’s possible to lose large amounts of water before becoming thirsty, you should remember to drink small amounts of water before, during and after skating.
We hope that helps a bit. And of course remember to listen to your own body. Everyone needs different amounts of different foods in order to skate – particularly if you’re still growing.
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