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Training Tips

After the Christmas excess it’s time to start training hard…….. here are some simple pointers to get you going.

Posted in Event News

  • Have a good training plan, speak to a local fitness trainer.
  • See your Doctor for a check up before starting training if you have any medical history.
  • In your training plan you want to be at your peak of fitness for the event.
  • Don’t over train!
  • Make sure you have easy training days as well as rest days after a hard training session.
  • Give your body time to recover.
  • Stop training at least one week before the event…… yes Rest!
  • Make sure you warm up before any training and that you cool down correctly, be careful not to over stretch.
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet, with plenty of vegetables, fruits, meat, fish and grains. Keep your diet low in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. Consume sugars in moderation.
  • Take on plenty of water, before during and after training, don’t overdose on sport drinks, work on a rule of thumb 1 litre of sport type drinks to 3 litres of good old fashioned water. 
Training Tips
Eating dos and don’ts before the event
  • Do eat at least 1 hour before the start
  • Do select high-carbohydrate, low-fat foods. High-carbohydrate foods will fuel muscles while high-fat foods will be hard to digest and may contribute to sluggishness.
  • Do avoid high-fibre and gas-producing foods. Gastro-intestinal distress is the last thing you need during the event.
  • Do keep portions moderate, the more you eat before the event the longer it will take to digest.
  • Do drink at least 1 litre of water at least 1 hour before the event and at least 1 litre per hour during the event.
  • Don’t overeat the night before the event.
  • Don’t try any foods or drinks you have not tested during training.
  • Don’t drink alcohol, tea or coffee. While these supply water they are also diuretics which increase water output and increase water needs.