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General Nutrition Guide For Hockey
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General Nutrition Guide for Hockey

As well as your off ice hockey training, your nutrition is just as important. Nutrition for hockey players is crucial to your success as a player. 

You can spend all of the time in the world working out as hard as you can, with all the right equipment and the best workout program in the world. But if you are not eating properly, none of training will pay off. 

As a hockey player, 60-70 percent of your total calories should come from carbohydrates. Carbs are stored as glycogen your muscles and are then used as a source of energy. There are complex carbs, and simple carbs. Simple carbs are things such as fruit, candies, pop, alcoholic beverages and table sugar. They will give you a quick boost of energy, but are not a sustainable source of energy. Some simple carbs such as fruit is good for you as it is natural sugar and is full of other vitamins and nutrients. Complex carbs are a more sustainable source of energy and should consume the large majority of your carbohydrate intake. They are burned at a steady rate and give you a constant, time released manner of energy. These include things like whole wheat pastas and bread, cereal, oatmeal, corn and potatoes. 

In regards to nutrition and working out/playing (practice or game). Prior to hockey or a workout, you should eat about 2 hours before. If you earlier than that, you will not get a chance to digest your food very well. This may also cause an upset stomach. You should load up on carbohydrates (complex) and some protein as well. This will give you a sustainable source of energy throughout your workout/hockey. The protein will help with muscle tissue repair at the same time. 

After a game/workout, you should load up on protein. A protein shake right after would be ideal as your body can absorb a liquid much faster than a solid. You should then have a meal soon after with more protein and some carbs as well. 

It is important to eat 6 smaller meals a day, rather than 3 big ones. When you eat, your metabolism increases up to 35%. Eating smaller meals every 3 hours or so will allow your body to have a staedy metabolism and burn more fat

Be sure to eat a very protein rich diet as well. Make sure there is protein in every major meal you have. For example, eggs at breakfast, turkey sandwich for lunch and chicken for dinner. Your snacks in between can also include protein. Things such as cheese, yogurt, nuts etc. 

Eating a well balanced diet, full of proteins and carbs will better your performance on the ice. It is necessary to have proper nutrition during your off ice hockey training program. Without it, your results will be minimal. Eat properly, have a proper off ice hockey training plan and take your game to the next level!

Train hard!


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