In honour of Wimbledon and all of you tennis fanatics that been inspired to dust off your tennis racket, today’s blogpost is all about nutrition and supplements for tennis players…
Tennis can be pretty intense. Even when just playing for fun, it’s a serious full body workout. This, of course, means that you’re putting stress on your whole body - so you need to make sure you’re recovering well and keeping yourself in top shape!
An hour of tennis is thought to burn around 450 calories (depending on your size and the intensity of your game). It’s important to make sure you’re fuelled up by eating well before your match. If you’re tight on time, we recommend a banana-based protein smoothie for an added energy boost. If you haven’t already had one, have a shake on hand to mix with water after your session to get those muscles repairing, fast. A whey-based shake mixed with water will reach your muscles in around 30 minutes.
Drinking plenty of water before, during and after a training session is also key for tennis players. Coconut water is also great for a boost of electrolytes – replacing what you’ve sweated out during tough, never-ending rallies!
The nature of the game means that a sport like tennis can be tough on your joints – hence where the term 'tennis elbow' came from! Particularly if you’re susceptible to joint pain, try supplementing with magnesium or even better, a really good multi-vitamin that includes zinc, calcium and magnesium. This will help you to reduce joint inflammation, aid recovery and repair following exercise and improve health of joints and bones.