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Match Day Diet: What You Should Be Eating Before a Tennis Game

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 12/5/17 9:00 AM

It's no stretch to say that a healthy diet should always be prized by people who lead active lifestyles, but it becomes even more important on the eve of a big game. When it comes to tennis, you can take a page from the pros and see what they eat on match day in order to stay fit and sharp on the court. As everyone knows, tennis is a challenging sport that requires plenty of running, hitting and jumping, all activities which tend to consume a lot of energy, so let's examine the foods that help you stay on the court and the ones that don't:

Foods to Eat:

1. Oatmeal with Fruit

The perfect breakfast for people on-the-go, oatmeal with fruit is generally well-tolerated by most people's stomachs and can provide you with long-lasting energy that will help sustain you through even the most grueling of matches. By adding fruit you'll also get a quick jolt of energy that's perfectly suited for the early stages of a game.

2. Peanut Butter Sandwiches

As athletes from the National Basketball Association can attest to, there's no better game time snack than peanut butter and jelly. What's more, this household staple contains a variety of carbohydrates, which will greatly improve your stamina and resilience on the court.

3. Yogurt and Toast

Yogurt, particularly its Greek variant, is the perfect pre-game food because it's packed with carbohydrates and proteins, while whole-wheat toast provides the long-lasting energy you seek when preparing for a multi-hour tennis match. If you want, you can add a slice of cheese or other low-fat dairy to your toast for a more filling meal that won't weigh you down later on. 

Foods to Avoid:

1. Caffeinated Drinks

At first glance, coffee and black tea seem to be excellent choices for anyone looking to get a quick energy boost. However, while small quantities won't hurt, drinking large amounts of these beverages will inevitably lead to dehydration and stomach cramps. And don't even think about adding sugar to the mix, as it will undoubtedly slow you down come game time.

2. Whole-Wheat Pasta

A hearty meal such as whole-wheat pasta has plenty of nutritional benefits as long as you consume it the night before your game. But on match day, your body requires slow-releasing carbohydrates that can give you long-lasting energy instead. So, no matter how tempting it may seem, try to lay off the pasta until after you've won.

3. Protein Shakes

Another workout staple that seems useful at first sight, your garden variety protein shake is, of course, full of proteins, which have been known to increase the risk of digestive upsets. In order to keep your stomach safe and sound, delay your protein shake intake until after the match, when muscle recovery becomes all-important. 

At this point, you should have a clearer image of what's good to eat and what's not on the eve of your tennis match. If you want a more personalized approach to dieting, feel free to visit the Five Seasons Family Sports Club and schedule a consultation with a professional trainer, whose know-how and technical expertise are invaluable tools for any aspiring athlete. 

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