Nutrition for the Beach Volleyball Player

The holidays are quickly approaching, and so is all that sugar and sweet buttery goodness that comes to us in large doses starting around Halloween. Maybe you’ve already seen the signs for pumpkin bread around, or even succumbed to a sugary treat or two. In any case, now is the perfect time to recommit to proper nutrition. Your body will thank you both on and off the court!
Before: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Sip water throughout the day, and make sure to get some electrolytes as well! Coconut water is a great natural source of electrolytes if you’d rather not take in all the artificial sweeteners. Eat smaller meals throughout the day as you get hungry.
During: You guessed, it keep on hydrating! This will help your muscles perform to their full potential. If you’re part of a particularly long match or practice, you might snack on something light that will deliver energy without weighing you down.
After: Give your body the protein it needs to rebuild your muscles and keep your recovery time as short as possible. Aim for a good balance of protein and carbs after each workout.

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