Patricia Carswell |

Why it’s important to be healthy as well as fit

As well as your physical training, it’s important to eat, drink and sleep well to maintain your mental and physical health. Patricia Carswell finds out more

With a strenuous sport like rowing it’s easy to assume you’ve got it covered just because you’re rowing several times a week. In fact it’s all the more important to pay attention to your overall health.

Eating and drinking

Rowing doesn’t always make it easy to eat properly. Early morning and late evening training sessions can give you little time to cook from scratch, and it’s tempting to fall back on snacks or sports drinks.

It’s worth taking a close look at what you eat as your diet will directly affect your general health and performance. Keep a food diary for a week and you might be surprised by what you find.

According to Zac Purchase, MBE, Olympic and world champion turned personal trainer, who now runs Zacs Fitness, a fitness studio which he describes as an “anti-gym”, if you’re skipping meals or eating junk, the answer is forward planning.

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