Find out how to power your potential through healthy eating.
Gymnastics is a sport that requires demanding physical qualities such as cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, power, strength, coordination, agility and balance. Following a correct diet in rhythmic and artistic gymnastics allows athletes to make the most of training, prevent injuries and prolong their sports career. From Gymnastics Camp, we want to stress the importance of an active life and a healthy diet. Both aspects are key to maintaining a good state of health and high performance in sports and for this reason, Gymnastics Camp integrates nutritional education among its main areas of work.
Eating foods that provide optimal coverage of the required nutrients of a gymnast is essential to achieve proper development and growth, both physically and intellectually. Our athletes need to be more aware of this requirement, because in practices muscles need a sufficient supply of energy to function and perform. The diet of a child athlete must adapt to the extra energy consumption derived from the physical activity and comply with adequate hydration. Eating has a high impact on gymnastics and therefore, good nutrition will lead to success and reduce the risks of illness or injury.
Gymnastics focused nutrition should be controlled before, during, and after training or competition. The nutritional routine before training or competing is essential to minimize the feeling of fatigue, during to take advantage of your performance and at the end to achieve a proper recovery.
- BEFORE: food focused on the establishment of a nutrient reserve. With a margin of 3 hours before physical activity, this intake should meet the goal of providing maximum energy and be easily digestible. Rich in carbohydrates, proteins and fats, and always avoiding simple sugars. Also, before the match it is essential to give prominence to hydration.
- DURING: the key to this stage is hydration. Try to take advantage of any pause to drink water. And also, in between, it is considered ideal to include simple carbohydrates to recharge your fuel and avoid exhaustion.
- AFTER: at this stage, it is essential to rehydrate and recharge nutrients through proteins that promote muscle recovery.
In gymnastics, consistency is the key to an excellent performance in every way. Respecting food only on the day of competition or a few days before is very important but not enough. Therefore, to become a great gymnast, healthy and balanced eating must be constant, every day. Artistic and rhythmic gymnastics are demanding and intense sports, remember that good nutrition is the secret to success!