The 31 Easy Tips to Sporting Excellence series is designed to provide tips that are relatively easy to implement into your daily routines, with the hopes they boost performance by more than the effort required to adopt them. Rather than increasing your mileage by 10% in the hopes of racing faster, do specific, targeted and simple things like stretching and adding specific foods to your diet.
Today’s tip is #8: Superfoods for super performance
Superfoods are those foods that are stacked with vitamins and minerals, and provide more health benefits than other foods, particularly for those training for Ironman and Olympic triathlon distances.
The benefits of superfoods are well-documented, and I’m a firm believer that they do help. A healthier diet can only promote better performance and a healthier body. It’s a no-brainer, and easy to implement.
All it takes is a short shopping list and a trip to the supermarket. Then just add a portion to your meal. Here are just a few examples:
- blueberries with yoghurt or oatmeal
- Make a tasty smoothie with a handful of superfoods
- 1 tsp turmeric to your dinner
- base a meal around beans instead of pasta
- use spinach instead of lettuce in your salad
- Replace meat with salmon or sardines instead for 1 meal per week
And while you’re experimenting, try some new recipes to spice things up and help incorporate superfoods into your diet. You could also take them in supplement form. You will feel the benefits in more energy, healthy bones and faster recovery.
Previous tips in the 31 Easy Tips series include:
#1: Drink Water First Thing in the Morning
#2: Write Down Your Goals (Now!)
#3: Ask an Expert
#4: Start Stretching
#5: Track your progress towards your Goals
#6: Take a Cold Shower
#7: Incorporate Drills into your Workouts