Focus on proper nutrition helps golfers get a better head start on their round.
What every athlete eats before a game or workout can make a difference in their performance. The right nutrition before an exercise does more than just fuel your muscles. It will keep you from becoming light-headed and tired, helps settle your stomach, and keeps you from feeling hungry.
Many golfers make the mistake of not seeing themselves as athletes. But the round ahead is a four-mile walk that requires eye-hand coordination, concentration, and discipline, often in hot or inclement conditions. Any golfer who treats their game as an athletic wants to know how to eat before they train. Everyone is different, but there are a few guidelines that are recommended for everyone:
- Eat high-carbohydrate meals every day to fuel and refuel your muscles.
- Try foods that are high in carbohydrates and low in fat. Foods like whole grain bagels and pasta are good choices because they are easy to digest.
- Eat your carbs with the right amount of low fat protein such as egg whites and turkey or low fat cottage cheese and a banana.
- Do not drink sugary beverages like soda or eat foods that are high in sugar like candy or syrup. It will boost your energy for a short time but you may feel tired later.
- Allow enough time between your workout and your meal. Larger meals require more time for digestion. Try these timelines but remember to adjust to your own needs: 3 to 4 hours for a large meal, 2 to 3 hours for a smaller meal, 1 to 2 hours for a liquid meal, 45 minutes to an hour for a small snack.
- Don’t forget your fluids. Here are some basic guidelines: Drink 4 to 8 glasses of fluid the day before the event to overhydrate; Drink at least two or three large glasses of water up to 2 hours before the event; Drink another one or 2 glasses 5 to 10 minutes before the start of the event
Remember everyone is different and finding the right “recipe” for success takes a good amount of trial and error. Don’t get discouraged and good luck!
Source: BARNABAS HEALTH