From recreational paddlers to elite athletes, how we fuel our paddles, trips and races is important for everyone. The British Canoeing Digital Library has lots of resources focused on nutrition and hydration but here’s our top picks. Take this opportunity to explore the resources so you can be prepared next time you’re out on the water.
Nutrition and Hydration eLearning
The free interactive activity gives a whole host of information surrounding the nutrition and hydration of paddlers, to help you develop your understanding. The activity only takes around 20 minutes, so why not give it a go!
What foods to eat for strength and energy – PLUS, the reasons why
Watch this 13 minute video discussing the best foods and eating schedules for more energy and strength. Whether it’s for weight loss, building muscle or a general focus on living a healthier life, anyone can pick up some top tips!
Since 2019 British Canoeing athlete have been complementing their training with high quality nutrition supplements supplied by Vow. Their range of gels and proetine powders provide a versitile and quick way to refule and recover after a hard workout.Browse the range here.
Intro to backpacking fuel (basics for beginners)
Now is a great time to start planning your future adventures and trips! Choosing the right food to bring on the trip is one of the most important decisions to make. Paddling takes a lot of energy and you’ll need plenty of calories and nutrient to stay fuelled throughout your journeys. Watch this 14 minute video about what you pack in your backpack.
Eating on your expedition
Looking for some guidance on food for your next expedition? Making a meal together can be one of the best team-building activities during and expedition. Getting your group to plan your meals, cook from scratch, manage a team budget, choose and agree on a menu and share food are all excellent for developing life skills. This blog post talks you through some key information you should know.
Check out these nutrition infographics that explore the type and quantity of fluid and food that paddlers and athletes need, as well as nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, supplements and organic substances such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
Want to explore more about nutrition? Check out the British Canoeing Digital Library which has a whole host of resources to support your paddling, skill development, coaching, leading and guiding.