Getting the right grub before and after training is an underpinning factor to a solid season as FourFourTwo finds out thanks to Emma Stevenson, Director of the Brain, Performance and Nutrition ResearchCentre at Northumbria University.
“In pre-season the key thing to focus on is your energy intake, because the expenditure in the amount of exercise being carried out dramatically increases,” said Emma Stevenson.
Over the summer months your body can take an absolute beating. If the intense running of pre-season wasn’t already tough enough, the struggle with dietary temptation is even stronger when there’s no fixtures at the end of the week to keep you focused.
“You need to recover well between sessions because of that increased load, so that means high-quality carbohydrates in the 30-60 minutes afterwards and then continuing a fairly high carb diet throughout the recovery phase.
“Protein is also very important as well, because that will help the muscles to recover. It’s really about good energy intake as a whole, but with a strong focus on carbohydrates and protein in recovery.”
By following the right regime, you’ll be packing in the right fuel to not only boss your session but also look after yourself once it’s done too.
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