Your Motocross Diet Plan - 7 Things You May Be Doing Wrong
We hear and see the word "diet" on TV talk shows, radio adverts, billboards, computer websites, and newspapers and magazines day in and day out. There's nothing wrong with that because having good health is vital to everything we do. A proper diet goes hand in hand with providing our body with the tools necessary to achieve good health.
A healthy diet is necessary for everyone and motocross riders who choose to compete aren't exempt when it comes to eating a well balanced diet. If anything, the level of energy, strength, stamina and mental awareness needed to compete is why a solid motocross diet is mandatory. Not to mention, eating properly helps to create a stronger immune system and build stronger joints and muscles. It's a win-win all the way around.
Doing a little research, I found some helpful information you might want to consider the next time you're thinking about ordering a batch of ultimate meaty, double cheese and jalapeņo nachos as part of your motocross diet.
- It's important for riders to maintain a motocross diet that focuses on health and performance by feeding your body and your brain carbohydrates. The carbs provide your body with the energy it needs to sustain the rigors of riding and feeds the brain to keep you mentally sharp.
- Eat vegetables, fruit and whole grains on a daily basis. If these three items aren't normally a part of your diet, it's time to make some changes. Start slowly by picking one fruit, grain or vegetable and eating it once a day for a few days. Gradually work more fruits and vegetables into your diet as you progress. Build up to it with goals to incorporate more variety with every meal.
- Replace junk food with healthy alternatives. See #2 for suggestions! It's important that you eat enough healthy food each day, not just a bag of chips and a soda.
- Cut back on processed foods and sugary items. Processed food does not provide the nutrients your body requires. Substitute heavily fried foods with leaner cuts of meat prepared by baking or broiling. Add fish and beef to your diet for protein and iron. Keep in mind that junk food clogs the system so you're not running at peak capacity physically or mentally and sugary drinks will leave you thirsty and can drain your energy reserves in the long run. Sugary drinks include energy drinks.
- Water, water and more water is your friend. Staying hydrated is critical to your fitness and performance. This is a constant goal that must be reached throughout the week on a daily basis, not just on race day. While hot weather can contribute to dehydration, it is important for your body to stay well hydrated at all times. When the heat rises you will be better prepared to combat it and can focus on staying cool in between motos.
- Eat small portions anywhere from five to six meals a day. Feeding your body amps up the metabolism process resulting in more energy.
- Add super food items to your daily motocross diet such as cranberries, blueberries, salmon, turkey, beans and oats.
As far as over the counter supplements and vitamins, consult with your doctor before going this route. Not all vitamins are the same or pack the same punch; same with supplements. Feed your body natural foods. Limit foods and drinks thought of as "bad or unhealthy" and don't substitute the natural energy you can create for yourself with a well balanced diet. Quick fix energy drinks are not a part of a healthy diet and will be counterproductive to your body's fitness progression.
I hope this list gives you some "food for thought" so your body and mind are always in the same A-1 condition as you keep your bike.