Hungry Volleyballers

September 21, 2011
by Justin
Volleyball is an explosive sport with high energy plays and quick movement. With instinct driven exercise complimented by hours of practice diving, spiking, setting, and moving, the amount of calories utilized for volleyball demands a nutritious diet. Everyone needs to eat, and not just eat, eat healthy, and frequently.
Needless to say that high carbohydrates, and fluids are what the volleyballer needs to keep a healthy regiment of energy, and to feed their anaerobic and aerobic energy needs. Fruits, veggies, pastas, rice, and preferably whole grain products should consist of 50% of the carb requirement of the volleyballers diet. The other 20% should come from proteins. Proteins corral the lean meats; chicken, turkey, and the dairy; non-fat yogurt, low calorie cheeses. Regardless of the diet, it’s important that when you scope out in the grocery store your list of volleyballer foods, try to be aware of highly processed foods, and foods with many additives and chemicals in them. These will usually do more to harm the volleyballer than nourish them. Furthermore, it’s good to store up high levels of iron in your body, with foods such as black beans, spinach and steak. However, with red meats, it is highly advised to eat red meat once a month, especially when in volleyball season. I like a good steak as well as anyone else, however, red meat is generally known to digest slower in the human body.
The proper nutrition is key for any volleyballer to be successful on the court! However, this nutrition would be considered void if the volleyballer did not take a special interest in hydrating themselves. Volleyballers may lose several pounds of fluid during practice and during league play. So hydration is key for the volleyballer with consuming an encouraged 3 small cups of fluid every few minutes. It is paramount that the volleyballer take this into consideration especially when playing in areas of different temperature. Warmer temperature areas will obviously absorb more water from a player.
As volleyballers travel to and from different games, they must take that into consideration preparing themselves with snacks; granola bars, breakfast bars, sports drinks, fruits, and sports shakes.
Eat 6 times a day, keeping your metabolism going, and keeping your body nourished and strengthened. For digestive purposes try and not eat 3 hours prior to your volleyball game. Take care of your body, and it will take care of you on the court!

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