Food & Nutrition
Swimming is one of the most effective cardio workouts you can take since its full body exercise. The more body parts you involve in your workout; the more calories you’ll burn. Best of all, your joints are fully supported so you don’t have to worry about high-impact injuries. High Endurance and stamina is the most important traits of a great swimmer that’s why nutrition is crucial to their strength and speed in the water. As a swimmer it is very important to pay attention to the type of nutrition that you are putting into your body, just like a body builder. No matter how much you swim or train regularly, without the proper diet and nutrition, all your hard work will go to nothing. Swimmers, like other athletes, need to take in enough calories to offset those used in exercise and used during the non-workout times, too.
Elite swimmers take high quality supplements on top of a very nutritious diet that mostly includes Vegetables, Fruits and nuts and Organic Meat. A swimmer that is training heavily for more than two hours a day is often advised to eat 5-7 very light meals a day. Eating a heavy meal in one sitting will slow down a swimmer’s pace and make him feel heavy for the rest of the day. An athlete swimmer will often consume several thousands of calories per day than an average person, especially if they train for more than 6 hours a day. Consume high quality sport type drinks that will replace both electrolytes and carbohydrates.
It is also important to consider taking high quality supplements for maximum performance. Unless your swimming trainer can implement all the foods you need into your diet to get the amount of vitamins and minerals you need on a daily basis you definitely need supplements. For good swimming nutrition, not any supplement will do. Supplements should be taken with a meal every time to ensure proper absorption of the vitamins and minerals. Most commonly, 98% of supplements you find in stores are useless for your swimming nutrition because they are never broken down in the body properly and just go to waste and excreted as either urine or get stored as fats most of the time. Olympic swimmers and swimming trainers refer to this as expensive pee.
Any reputable company should be able to prove, beyond reason of a doubt, that their vitamins will be absorbed by the body and improve your overall nutrition and well-being. This should be proved by independent clinical studies; testimonials and a money back guarantee so you can send them back if they don’t improve your nutrition and swimming.
Don’t take your swimming nutrition for granted, it is just as important as your hours in the pool. Remember that any good athlete that undergo a great training program is just as good as the nutrition their taking in.