Eat like an athlete - Ben Hall

Before suffering an injury to his knee, Ben used to play in the standard version of volleyball but not wanting to give up, he rose to the challenge of adapting his existing skills to the sitting version of the sport. Here Ben gives us a run down of his daily diet and training tips...

Athlete Ben Hall

What is your typical daily diet when training for a big event?

Eggs, toast, cereal, smoked salmon

Sweet potato, tuna, salad, vegetables

Chicken, vegetables, rice, salad, fruit

Total calorie intake: approximately 2,000 - 2,500

How do you keep your diet varied and do you ever get bored with eating for your sport?

I try to be sensible with foods deemed as 'bad' during competition season, though I find if I cut out anything completely I just crave it more. My top tip for keeping eating interesting would be to enjoy everything in moderation - everyone deserves a treat from time-to-time.

What super food/juice/meal helps you get out of bed and motivated on those particularly dreary mornings?

I love smoked salmon with toast for breakfast and as it's packed with omega-3 it makes for a great start to the day. If I'm particularly struggling to get motivated, pineapple juice or a smoothie packed with green vegetables usually gives me a boost.

Kale smoothie

What's your trusted snack for an energy boost?

I always make sure I have some pistachio nuts or wasabi peas on hand for a quick snack between meals.

How do you stay hydrated when training?

I drink water throughout the day when training and also use salt sachets to replace sodium lost through perspiration.

When competition season is over what are your favourite food indulgences?

I find it difficult to resist Thai and Indian food so enjoy indulging in these cuisines between training for competitions.

Thai prawn & ginger noodles

What would be your top diet and exercise tip for the amateur athlete?

Simply do more exercise and eat less food. Be sure you're fuelling your body well enough to see you through any fitness regime but try not to take on too many extra calories.

Aside from your speciality, what is your favourite sport/exercise?

Aside from volleyball I really enjoy golf and rugby!

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