5 Nutrition Hacks For Skiers
Skiing is one of the most physically demanding activities anyone can practice. Skiers often spend whole days on the slopes. As you may imagine, this demands a lot of energy, and you need to fuel your body with the proper food if you want to perform at your best. Having good nutritional habits will also keep you stay healthier and reduce the chances that you get injured. Let’s take a look at a few simple nutrition hacks for skiers.
Don’t Be Afraid of Carbs
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Carbs will be your best friend if you need energy on the slopes, so don’t be afraid to indulge, especially when you are in France where the classic offering are meat, chees, potato and bread. Just know what type of carbs are better at different times of the day. Simple carbs are better at the beginning of the day when you need an initial jolt of energy while complex carbs are better later in the evening. You shouldn't worry too much about the number of carbs you're consuming as long as it's reasonable. You'll be burning through these calories with no problem so enjoy your tartiflette, raclette or classic montagnarde burger!
Check Your Activity Levels
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With that being said, you also have to be careful to not eat too much, you don't want to have to roll yourself out of th lunchspot to then hurtle down the piste. Eating too little can also be a problem and can affect your energy levels. It could even get dangerous and affect things like your balance and focus. This is why you need to eat based on your activity level. If you're only going to ski with the children on easy slopes, then you don’t need to gorge on white bread and pasta before you start. You will need to adjust your diet and listen to your body.
Bring Easy to Eat Snacks
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Pack plenty of snacks with you. They have to be easy to eat, calorie and protein-dense, and fit in your pockets. Protein bars are a great option here. You can also go for things like trail mix, dried fruit, or even PB&J sandwiches or banana and honey with cheese. These might not seem like much when you look at them, but a peanut butter and jelly sandwich has everything you need in a perfect ski snack. It is high in carbohydrates, which will give you energy, but also high in protein, which will help sustain your muscles.
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Altitude sickness is something many skiers experience, and most of the symptoms will get worse if you’re not properly hydrated. So, before you hit the slopes, we suggest that you check the colour of your urine as it’s the best way to know if you’re properly hydrated. It should be slightly yellow or clear. If it’s closer to the colour of apple juice, then this means that you’re dehydrated. Thirst is also a sign of dehydration, and you should never be thirsty at any time during your day. Its best to carry a rucksack with a bottle of water in that you can refuel or go a step further and purchase a camelback. This device is filled with a litre or two of water and you carry it like a backpack, the nifty trick however is that it has a tube at the bottom that you place over your shoulder to drink from! You don't even need to take it off so no excuses.
Look at Supplements
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You should also look at what you consume between your ski sessions. In addition to having a complete diet, you should consider looking at a few supplements that could give you more endurance when you’re on the slopes.
One of the supplements we strongly suggest you take a look at is turkesterone. Turkesterone is a form of steroid that is derived from insects and plants. It will allow you to improve your level of endurance legally and safely. It doesn't act exactly like anabolic steroids, so you don't have to worry about the related side effects. If you want more information about turkesterone, you can learn more about it in this post on Impossible Fitness.
These are all easy hacks skiers can use to get the fuel that they need on a long day of skiing. Not only will you have more energy, but you’ll also be able to your recover faster and enjoy your time more.