If you make the effort to improve your nutritional intake, you will feel fitter, stronger and healthier which can only improve your riding skills on the bike.
- Begin eating plenty of fruit, vegetables and whole grains daily:Be sure to wash fruit and veges to clear them of pesticides and sprays.
- Cut back on junk food, processed foods and simple sugars (all the tasty stuff): Things like fizzy drinks give you a roller coaster-like burst of energy but in the long run will sap you of vital energy. This includes Redbull and Monster Energy! Junk food will only clog up your system and slow you down, mentally and physically.
- Drink enough water: Most nutrition experts recommend around 2 liters p/day. But during intense, sweaty conditions ie. race meets; this needs to be upped. Don’t wait till you have a headache – by then you’re already dehydrated.
- Supplement your diet with vitamins: Do your homework on these first before you start popping them like tic-tacs. Vitamins are notcreated equally. Some infact, are worthless – they can’t even be absorbed properly by your body.
- Supplement your diet with protein powder: This stuff’s not only for the Beef-0-Maniacs at the gym! A quality protein powder will improve your strength and health, and decrease recovery time between training – meaning more bike time for you.
- Eat 5-6 smaller meals p/day: This will speed up your metabolism, helping you to burn fat and provide you with more energy.
- Eat lean, protein-rich meats such as beef and fish: A no-brainer really. Meat provides essential proteins and iron to help build a strong, healthy body.
- Add some Super Foods to your diet: Super Foods such as blueberries, alfalfa sprouts, flax seed, soy, turkey, tomatoes, beans, oats, salmon, chlorella and cranberries pack incredible amounts of goodness into them. Begin eating at least one of these foods daily.
- Cut back on the booze: Wait! Don’t hit the back button! At the risk of sounding like a party pooper I have to speak from experience and say that drinking loads of alcohol doesn’t do your riding skills any good… truly.
Some Tips For The Highway
I’m just as bad as anyone when it comes to hitting the road with our bikes loaded up ready for a big day of riding. That last minute rush in the morning and… whoops, forgot to pack a proper lunch again! So, a quick stop at a service station leaves me with a back seat full of potato chips, fizzy drink (and beer), some chocolate bars and a few mince pies. Sound familiar? Next time you’re about to hit the road, put a little thought and prep into it and consider these ideas…
- Take a chilly-bin/esky/cooler (whatever!) and use it to keep fruit and sandwiches in. Take a spare one for drinks. This makes it more appealing on hot days to have fresh, cool food.
- Cook meals like stir-fries loaded with veges and lean meat the night before to take with you. Quick, easy, nutritious and tasty!
- If you are going to make the effort to improve your motocross nutrition, you might as well make sure you wash your hands before piling that fruit into your pie hole. Oily, greasy, sweaty, dirty hands handling your food is a great way to knock your immune system around.
- Tell your girlfriend or mum about your new healthy-eating plans. If you have a good one, she’ll whip you together some healthy food and save you the effort ;). If you are a girl reading this, who has a boyfriend… good luck convincing him!
Conclusion For Motocross Nutrition
If you are really serious about your motocross nutrition, seek professional advice. Remember, there’s no one-specific nutrition program for everyone, so take the time to figure out what works for you.