Something that I think about all the time is what types of foods I should be eating in order to better fuel my workouts, and to aid in recovery once the exercise is done.
In an article titled “Best fuel for your workout” at MSNBC.com the fitness experts give a quick run-down of what types of foods you should look to eat before and after your reps.
Good food choices to fuel your workout include high-carbohydrate, low-fat snacks such as:
- a banana with yogurt;
- a whole-wheat toasted bagel with fruit spread; or
- a quick bowl of instant oatmeal.
After your workout, it’s essential to refuel your body with a carbohydrate-protein blend, such as:
- a peanut butter sandwich;
- a small handful of walnuts or almonds; or
- a fruit smoothie with some protein powder.
So there are some quick and easy suggestions to keep your diet on track, and your body fueled like it needs to be.
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Don’t forget to not overdo it though!
You don’t want to eat too much food before exercising, because if you become sluggish, nauseated or throw up, you’ve lost that workout.
One last thing. Drink water and eat healthy!
Of course, don’t forget to drink water before, during and after your workout to avoid dehydration.
And remember that eating a low-fat, well-balanced diet the rest of the day will help ensure that your motor is running efficiently both during exercise and at rest.