By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
Skaters are used to living out of pizza and beer, but a balanced diet can really help you improve your skills and boost your energy so you can go destroy some spots.
Looking at the skate level pro skaters have these days makes you wonder what in the hell these guys eat, I'm sure it´s not the traditional six-pack and fried chicken we were used to before hitting the streets. Big brands and contests have helped develop more healthy habits in the skateboarding community. For many years all we cared about was to have enough fuel in our bodies, so we could handle the long skate sessions, but we never stopped to think if this is good quality fuel? Here at SHIT® we want you to have as much fun on your board as possible, so here we bring some nutrition tips that can help you strengthen your body and improve your energy.
#1 Eat a Balanced Diet!
To exercise consistently, you need to provide a good supply of high-quality energy to your working muscles. The easiest way to do this is to eat a balanced breakfast and continue eating a variety of high-quality foods throughout the day.
#2 Get Enough Protein
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But not too much, this doesn´t provide a lot of fuel energy but you need it to maintain your muscles.
#3 Food for Recovery
Research shows that consuming a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrate to protein after exercise results in higher glycogen stores than consuming carbs alone. Consuming more protein, however, slows dehydration and glycogen replenishment. You can get similar benefits with a snack or meal comprised of whole grains, fruit, and dairy.
#4 Don´t Over Eat
If you skate first thing in the morning, you'll probably feel best if you eat a light breakfast of fruit, toast, or an egg. Again, everyone is different, so experiment with what works best for you. Regardless of what you choose to eat, you should drink plenty of water before and during a skate session.
#5 Load Up on Carbohydrates
Carbs are an athlete's main fuel. Your body changes them to glucose, a form of sugar, and stores it in your muscles as glycogen.
We hope you can improve your health and skate skills with these simple nutrition tips, as we grow older we started to realize that our bodies start to slow down if we don't give it the appropriate care. Eat healthy so you can continue to eat SHIT on your skateboard for many years to come!
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