Athletic Food: Benefits Of Watermelon


Since Summer has finally arrived and the watermelon can most likely be found in your supermarket again, why not find out what this red deliciousness can do for you athletic performance!

Now, I hear you wonder “Did he just mention ‘watermelon‘ and ‘athletic perfromance‘ in one sentence?”
Well, you can be sure I did! Turns out that that big green ball you buy in the supermarket to serve with your summer cocktail isn’t only a delicious fruit but also helps you to recover from your hard workouts! Let’s dig deeper shall we?


Run your way to the finish with watermelon!

Why Watermelon?

It’s very simple. A study published in the ”Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” states that watermelon is such a great food for athletes because it contains L-Citrulline.
L-Citrulline is an acid that helps speed up your recovery within the first 24 hours of your workout!
The 3 biggest benefits of watermelon are that it:

  • Speeds up Lactic Acid removal
    Basically the ‘garbage‘ in your body that is produced during hard training gets removed at a faster pace.
    This gives your body more time to actually recover. A result of this faster clean-up is:
  • Reduced Muscle Soreness
    The faster and easier the lactic acid is removed, the faster your body recovers and the less muscle soreness you have!
  • Recover Faster and Train Intenser
    Finally, this means that you recover faster and have the possibility to train more or intenser so that you will get the most out of your workouts.

When you look at the benefits that watermelon has for athletes like yourself it would be strange not to give it a shoot, wouldn’t it?
So the next time you’re feeling sore or you feel like that interval training has taken to much out of you, cut a slice of watermelon and let it do it’s work!


Athletic Food will be a little series I plan on doing every Monday, hope you like it!



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