HOW TO EAT FOR EXERCISE: maximize your workout by fueling up the right way!
Wouldn’t it be nice to feel energized before, focused during and recovered after your workouts? I’m sure it would and in today’s quick article we would like to discuss how to make the most of your workout by fueling up the body the right way before, during, and after your workout.
Looking to make the most of your workout?
Fueling up with the right foods can produce you with the energy you need, the focus you want, and the recovery you have to have in order to continue toward becoming a healthier and happier you!
What you eat and drink can affect how you feel and how quickly you recover after your workout. Here is what do have before, during and after your workout or exercise:
Before your workout:
A pre-workout snack provides you with the energy you need. You will want to consume some healthy carbohydrates and some good protein.
Good options to consider prior to your workout: Kefir with blueberries, a fruit and yogurt smoothie or half a peanut butter sandwich. Try your best to steer clear of foods high in fiber and fat. They are known to take longer to digest, which can lead to stomach problems during exercise. The best time to consume your carbs and protein is about an hour or two before your workout. Eating to much too close to your workout can cause your body to reroute blood from your muscles to your stomach.
And before every time you exercise be sure to fuel your body with at least one cup of water 30 minutes before starting.
During your workout:
Take a water bottle with you and sip from it regularly . One study found that even a small dip in hydration can lead to fatigue. if you’re exercising for less than an hour, you’ll only need water, but if you’re doing a longer, high-intensity workout, have some energy-boosting carbs, such as a banana or raisins, every hour.
After your workout:
First, drink water right after to replace the fluids you sweated out. Then begin to refuel with a snack or meal within two hours. It should contain carbs and protein, such as wholegrain crackers with some hummus or tuna salad.
Exercising can cause tiny tears in your muscle fibers which is what causes muscle soreness after your workouts. Repairing your muscles after your workout is an essential part of your fitness journey. In order to help reduce the muscle soreness, your body needs protein to repair itself. Giving your body a good source of protein after your workout can ease soreness and build strength. But don’t overdo it; people ten to overcompensate after exercise. You don’t want to undo your hard work.