You are what you eat… and drink!

This section will arm you with the information you need to combine healthy eating and drinking with your training. Diet is an important part of any successful athlete's preparations because, when allied with exercise, it can:

Help you to lose or maintain your ideal weight

- Tone your muscles

- Improve your health

 But, you also need to:

- Identify your nutritional goals

- Devise a healthy eating plan

Top Tips

Throughout your training period, make sure your diet contains a good mix of carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, potatoes, breakfast cereals and bread.

Eat a carbohydrate snack two to three hours before you exercise to top up your energy stores

You should drink to prevent thirst rather than because of it. If you are thirsty you are already dehydrated and your performance will be affected.

Take a drink with you when you exercise.

Start your recovery as soon as a training session has finished. Rehydrate and follow this up with a high carbohydrate meal within two hours of stopping.