What to eat before and after swimming lessons - Carlile Swimming

What to eat before and after swimming lessons

“Mum, Dad I’m starving” how often have you heard that before or after swimming?

eat before and after swimming lessons

Their bodies are like car engines, no fuel and they won’t keep going. But it’s 

not just about having something in the tank, it’s about having the right type of fuel! 

Without consuming food they won’t be able to concentrate or put in the energy required to get through the lesson. So here are some tips for before their lesson. 

  1. Piece of fruit (e.g apple, strawberries, banana, pineapple, pear)
  2. Yogurt
  3. Cereal 
  4. Toast 
  5. Nuts 
  6. Biscuits 
  7. Muesli bar 

These types of light foods will fill your child up without making them feel ill when swimming. 

So now your child has made it through their swimming lesson. They’re hungry yet again and are ready to eat as soon as they step out of the pool. Here are some snacks they can eat in the car after a big swimming lesson.

  1. Muesli bar 
  2. Nuts 
  3. Sandwich 
  4. Banana 
  5. Biscuits 

What about lunch or dinner when they get home?

  1. Spaghetti and meatballs 
  2. Rice and chicken or fish 
  3. Homemade burgers
  4. Peanut butter rice cakes 
  5. Pasta 
  6. Sweet potato 
  7. Sandwich

Did your mum ever tell you not to eat for an hour before swimming because you would get a cramp? It’s an urban myth. Our Olympians all consume food before they swim.  It is important that swimmers feel light and not weighted down before lessons but eating a snack within an hour is a great idea. Feeding them longer than an hour before could see them already hungry by the time lessons start. Hydration is also highly important!! So make sure your child has some water alongside their pre lesson snack.  

Although your child may not be training like an Olympian, they still need to be fueled just the same so they can swim to their full potential during lessons. So next time you’re heading to one of our pools grab your child’s goggles, towel and a smart snack to help them get the most out of their lesson!! 

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If you’d like to know more about how Carlile can help your child learn to swim and love the water, feel free to drop into any of our pools and chat to the staff and check out lessons in action.

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