Foods For Better Energy and Golf
Just like any other sport, eating the right kinds of foods will surely have an impact on how you play golf. You can see most professional golfers are in good shape, with some in top physical condition, and are rarely overweight.
Keeping your body in shape is as important as practicing your putting or swing. While the latter improves your chances of getting a better score, the former helps you maintain your peak energy and form during a round of golf.
So what are the foods you can eat to help you take your game to the next level?
Before you play a round of golf, it is important that you load up with healthy foods, not loaded with fats or empty calories. Eat a balanced meal; load your plates with the necessary amount of carbohydrates (think of pasta) and protein (meat). But don’t over eat as this will only make you sluggish.
Also, eating fruits and vegetables both before and during your round would be great for your body. They contain anti-oxidants that protect your body against harmful free radicals.
It is also advised that you should have a variety of color in your plate. If you don’t have color on your plate, you are probably eating too much of one particular food group, upsetting your nutritional balance.
Drinking water is also essential to keep your body healthy. Drink at least 64 ounces of water or about 8 glasses every day.
While playing golf, don’t eat energy bars or take a sip of sports drinks. They are full of sugar and they are better left alone. Also, read the label. There are foods that may seem healthy but are really full of sugar – think of yogurts.
The best snacks you can have are nuts and jerky. You can also have preserved fruits while playing the game.
It’s far better to bring water with you too cool down than drinking a bottle of beer, it just might not be as fun.
The most important thing you can remember is to stay away from sugary food. These types of food may provide you with instant boost but you will also end up with an energy crash.
Foods such as a candy bars, cookies, hot dogs and even sodas must be avoided at all costs. You will feel energetic for the first few holes but you will not have the same amount of energy going into the last couple of holes. You will only feel lethargic and tired.
As you get older, your muscle mass begins to decline. It is imperative that you eat enough protein to help you maintain your muscle mass. Proteins come from meats – poultry (without the skin), beef, fish, beans, and nuts to name a few. You can incorporate them in your meals or snacks.
Remember, eating healthy is also like practicing your swing and putting stroke. The goal is to make you a better golfer. Physical practice improves your handicap and when combined with eating healthy it helps you maintain your overall game during the round.