- Pick nutrient dense foods
- Eat throughout the day
Nothing stalls metabolism like an empty tank. Eating every three to four hours is a must for peak performance in the classroom and on the field.
Eating the right foods after a workout helps build muscle and prepare the body for the next exercise session. See our list of top recovery foods.
- Focus on hydration
Dehydration leads to fatigue during exercise. To properly hydrate you need to drink all day. Athletes should have something to drink on them AT ALL TIMES to ensure balanced fluid and electrolyte levels. The more you sweat, the more fluid you need to replace.
- Opt for chocolate milk
Low-fat chocolate milk has it all for proper post workout recovery: protein, carbs, fluid and electrolytes. If dairy isn’t an option, try chocolate soy milk.
- Repeat…every day
Sports nutrition only works if it becomes a part of the regular routine, day after day. Be prepared, pack snacks and healthy meals so you’re always good to go.
- Make the most of your diet
Athletes that make nutrition a priority see results. It’s okay to indulge in not-so-healthy favorites on occasion, but the majority of the time, pass on the junk.
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »