We are all both mind and body, two things constantly affecting each other through their close connection. Our mental state affects our ability to perform physically, the state of our physical body can affect our mental abilities. One important factor for both our physical and mental performance is the nutrition in our diet.
The benefits of a good diet are often not appreciated till the diet is actually practiced. It is easy to consider our compromised health to be normal rather than the side effect of poor nutrition.
Advantages of good diet when doing martial arts include;
- Lower body fat, which is beneficial for speed.
- Faster reflexes, a mental and physical aspect of martial arts.
- Clearer thought.
- More rapid improvement through training.
- Significantly improved endurance.
- Greatly improved immune system.
- Better mood.
It is not difficult to know about the right food to eat, though it can be difficult to stick to the right food. Avoid all processed food and stick to food as it occurs in nature. This means steak and chicken rather than hotdogs or pastry. Cook fresh vegetables and eat fruit. We should know to stay away from junk food.
It can be a good practice to eat smaller meals every 2-3 hours rather than the traditional habit of eating larger meals three times per day.
Drinking plenty of water, eating what we know is a healthy diet, and training well make all the different to martial arts and taekwondo training. We live better lives through doing things well.