Motocross Nutrition - Simple Steps To Help You Ride Better



Is motocross nutrition something you think about or take seriously to improve your riding? If it's not... maybe it should be. My goal here is to help you realize the importance of a proper diet and how it can improve your dirt bike riding skills.

I am not in a position to give you advice on exact foods and supplements, but rather to provide you with an outline of what general foods are good and bad for your system, and how you can begin changing those dirty old eating habits.

When it boils down to it, there's no real difference between 'motocross nutrition' and just plain old general health and nutrition. It's about your food and liquid intake - what you stuff into your gob. You've heard it before, "garbage in... garbage out..." Think of your body as a type of engine made out of living flesh and bone. An engine is designed to run on fuel right? If you pour orange juice or diesel into a petrol motor it's not going to run very well (at all) is it?

Now I'm no health expert but it's quite clear to me that Mother Nature intended for us to eat certain, natural foods, to keep us operating at our optimum. As a rule of thumb man-made, refined foods such as deep fried hot dogs, pizzas, icecream, and fizzy drinks are just plain bad for you! Sorry to break the news to ya, hold back the tears. Whereas natural foods such as vegetables, fruit, grains, lean meat and water are the ducks nuts when it comes to providing your temple with sufficient nutrients. Loading your body up with these types of foods is like adding avgas to your fuel mix!

What Are Some Of The Benefits Linked To Proper Food Intake And In This Case, Motocross Nutrition?

  • Improved Mental Clarity: Vital for racing.
  • Increased Energy Levels and Stamina:
  • Stronger Immune System: Can't ride too well when you're blowing snot out all ends can you? Fend off sickness and heal injuries faster through proper nutrition.
  • Stronger Muscles & Joints:

There's more than enough compelling reasons above to inspire you to correct your diet and quit stuffing your face with doughnuts and Fanta at race meets. It doesn't necessarily mean you have to give these 'bad' foods up entirely.

I'll share a helpful tip I've used to alter my dietary intake. Make a list up that has the numbers 1-30 down the left side of the page - these represent days. At the top of the page write down your goal or desired food intake change. Make it simple to begin with. As you prove to yourself that you can stick it out for 30 days, you can begin tackling bigger changes. The goal is to tick off each day that goes by that you stick to your new plan, without missing a single day.

Early January '09 I wrote at the top of my page... "Eat fruit every day." Now this may not seem like a big deal to you, but for someone who sometimes went without fruit for over a week - it is a big deal! I can honestly say, that by mid March I'd eaten at least 1 piece of fruit every day since, and most days at least 3-4 pieces of fruit. And I definitely feel better for it.

So, the thought of improving your motocross nutrition and overall health doesn't have to conjure up images of The Apocalypse or The Grim Reaper. Begin taking control of your nutrition intake one habit at a time and enjoy the improved results you get at the track.


What You Can Do To Improve Your Motocross Nutrition

  • Begin eating plenty of fruit, vegetables and whole grains daily: Be sure to wash fruit and veges to clear them of pesticides and sprays.
  • Cut back on junk food, processed foods and simple sugars (all the tasty stuff): Things like fizzy drinks give you a roller coaster-like burst of energy but in the long run will sap you of vital energy. This includes Redbull and Monster Energy! Junk food will only clog up your system and slow you down, mentally and physically.
  • Drink enough water: Most nutrition experts recommend around 2 liters p/day. But during intense, sweaty conditions ie. race meets; this needs to be upped. Don't wait till you have a headache - by then you're already dehydrated.
  • Supplement your diet with vitamins: Do your homework on these first before you start popping them like tic-tacs. Vitamins are not created equally. Some infact, are worthless - they can't even be absorbed properly by your body.
  • Supplement your diet with protein powder: This stuff's not only for the Beef-0-Maniacs at the gym! A quality protein powder will improve your strength and health, and decrease recovery time between training - meaning more bike time for you.
  • Eat 5-6 smaller meals p/day: This will speed up your metabolism, helping you to burn fat and provide you with more energy.
  • Eat lean, protein-rich meats such as beef and fish: A no-brainer really. Meat provides essential proteins and iron to help build a strong, healthy body.
  • Add some Super Foods to your diet: Super Foods such as blueberries, alfalfa sprouts, flax seed, soy, turkey, tomatoes, beans, oats, salmon, chlorella and cranberries pack incredible amounts of goodness into them. Begin eating at least one of these foods daily.
  • Cut back on the booze: Wait! Don't hit the back button! At the risk of sounding like a party pooper I have to speak from experience and say that drinking loads of alcohol doesn't do your riding skills any good... truly.


  • Some Tips For The Highway

    I'm just as bad as anyone when it comes to hitting the road with our bikes loaded up ready for a big day of riding. That last minute rush in the morning and... whoops, forgot to pack a proper lunch again! So, a quick stop at a service station leaves me with a back seat full of potato chips, fizzy drink (and beer), some chocolate bars and a few mince pies. Sound familiar? Next time you're about to hit the road, put a little thought and prep into it and consider these ideas...

  • Take a chilly-bin/esky/cooler (whatever!) and use it to keep fruit and sandwiches in. Take a spare one for drinks. This makes it more appealing on hot days to have fresh, cool food.
  • Cook meals like stir-fries loaded with veges and lean meat the night before to take with you. Quick, easy, nutritious and tasty!
  • If you are going to make the effort to improve your motocross nutrition, you might as well make sure you wash your hands before piling that fruit into your pie hole. Oily, greasy, sweaty, dirty hands handling your food is a great way to knock your immune system around.
  • Tell your girlfriend or mum about your new healthy-eating plans. If you have a good one, she'll whip you together some healthy food and save you the effort ;). If you are a girl reading this, who has a boyfriend... good luck convincing him!


  • Conclusion For Motocross Nutrition

    If you make the effort to improve your nutritional intake, you will feel fitter, stronger and healthier which can only improve your riding skills on the bike. If you are really serious about your motocross nutrition, seek professional advice. Remember, there's no one-specific nutrition program for everyone, so take the time to figure out what works for you.



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