Since kindergarten, we’ve been taught that practice makes perfect. We all know that putting in the hours on the field or in the gym can mean the difference between performing at your best and disappointing yourself. But did you know that how you prepare your body with food and rest also makes a huge difference in your performance?
When game day arrives, an exhausted, undernourished or over-fed body can be just as damaging as a week of missed practice. Giving your body the energy it needs could be the edge you need to help you dominate on the field. Below, find some tips on how to eat up, rest up and fuel up the night before game day, so you can show up ready to win.
1. That’s right, layering on the carbs and hydrating your body are two of the best things you can do in the days leading up to the big game. Eating carbs regularly insures your body has adequate stores of glycogen, the form carbs take when they’re stored in muscle tissue. Glycogen gives energy to your muscles—so you can tackle, kick, or sprint your way to the gold.