Great gymnasts prepare carefully before, during, and after a routine. That means stretching properly, practicing safely, and eating a healthy diet. The right nutrition can help your child be strong and successful when it comes to stretching, gymnastics, and cheerleading. Today’s blog from Gold Medal Gyms highlights foods to help with gymnastics stretches.
You need to maintain proper hydration because your muscles are 76 percent water! To keep those muscles strong during a routine, you must stay hydrated at levels recommended based on your age and weight. Water, like gymnastics stretches, helps prevent muscles from cramping.
Berries are both sweet and tart. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and cherries are all fantastic snacks to have. Oranges are also great, because they have loads of vitamin C. Berries have high water content, which is one reason they’re good for gymnastics stretches.
Green Leafy Vegetables
We know it’s hard to get your kids to eat vegetables. But serving them with a light salad dressing or dip can help them taste better. Dark green and leafy vegetables are loaded with vitamin K, which helps regulate your blood flow. Leafy vegetables also have vitamin A, as well as small amounts of calcium and iron. Green leaf lettuce and spinach are two leafy vegetables your kids might enjoy. Kale is also good, but it’s an acquired taste. The proper balance of nutrients helps your body when you’re performing gymnastics stretches.
Nuts have vitamin E, but they also have healthy fats and protein that help with blood circulation. Almonds, walnuts, and Macadamia nuts all offer great options for a light snack in between meals.
When we say grape juice, we mean 100% grape juice as opposed to foods labeled “grape drink” that has added sugar. Grapes are high in bioflavonoids, or natural substances that improve certain body functions. In the case of grapes, they’re great for blood circulation but also for joints.
Oily fish have omega-3 fatty acids and healthy fats, as do some nuts. Tuna is probably the type of oily fish that kids eat the most. Salmon is also an excellent choice, especially with the right seasonings. Neither salmon or tuna have an overly fishy taste. Omega-3s help with blood circulation, which is vital to having limber muscles for gymnastics stretches.
Gymnastics at Gold Medal Gyms
At Gold Medal Gyms, we want your child to have a great time! This quick guide for healthy snacks can assist you if your youngster needs some extra nutrition ahead of participating in our sport. As always, consult with your child’s doctor for personalized, expert advice. Contact Gold Medal Gyms or call (417) 732-4100 for more details on our cheerleading and gymnastics classes.