Football! Wow, what an awesome sport! 22 players from 2 teams chasing 1 ball to get it past an 8 feet*24 feet goal post. It doesn’t get more exciting than this. No wonder why football is called “the beautiful game.” As the players dribble, tackle, sprint, turn and kick, we spectators go into a tizzy. Every successful pass or cross can set your pulse racing, especially if Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo is advancing towards the goal post. Your heart may skip a beat. And then all of a sudden, a red card for the defender for a bad and intentional tackle. Surely, this sport is not for the faint-hearted!
Characteristics of Footballers:
Footballers are energy powerhouses: agile and fast with high endurance levels. So, what keeps them going on and on everyday, match after match, practice session after practice session. You must be wondering what does a footballer’s diet comprise of. Hence, we have demystified the nutritional requirements of footballers as well as football enthusiasts, who just love playing this high-intensity sport.
Football and Nutrition:
Football and proper nutrition go hand in hand. Well-nourished and fully-fit players can make that crucial difference between victory and defeat. Remember that famous David Beckham injury just prior to 2002 World Cup when Aldo Duscher, an Argentine defender, broke Beckham’s metatarsal bone. The entire nation prayed for Beckham. Well, such tackles are outside the control of a footballer, but what is in their control is their nutrition. The right diet helps in intensive training and quickening the recovery process post match.
The daily calorie intake for footballers could be anywhere between 2,000 and 4,000 calories everyday. A footballer could burn anywhere between 500 and 1,500 calories during the course of a match, which depends on his position in the team. Try spreading the calorie consumption across 3-4 meals. Keep in mind that carbohydrates should account for nearly 70% of a footballer’s diet, which is a fact that most players ignore.
Day Healthy by MWH:
Day Healthy is a pathbreaking and revolutionary food range coming from the house of MWH. The food categories under Day Healthy range include Cereals (Muesli), Cookies, Nutritional Bars, and Seeds. All Day Healthy products are free of preservatives, which means they have a short shelf life. What’s more, they do not contain any trans fats and cholesterol, making them ideal for footballers. Each Day Healthy food product has the right blend of simple and complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, protein, dietary fibre, vitamins, and minerals. What better way of starting your day with a bowlful of lip-smacking Amaranth muesli, or snacking post match on Apricot or Amla (Indian gooseberry) nutritional bar or Omega Seed Mix!
Football is the ultimate team sport, where a single player (no matter how skilled he is) cannot win you a match. For every goal scored by strikers, there are successful passes between mid-fielders and defenders. Similarly, no single food can provide the nutrition that a footballer needs. It takes a combination of healthy foods to keep a footballer’s body up and going. Day Healthy range by MWH is a wonderful way for footballers to get power-packed nutrients with every meal. Therefore, make Day Healthy a part of your daily regimen and set the football field on fire.