If you are planning on working out or engaging in other demanding physical activities, your body needs to be fueled up with the right nutrients in order to perform its best, and to aid in recovery.
Here are some of the best pre-workout snacks to get you going:
- Although they have a bad rap, carbohydrates can help give you the energy you need to get through a workout. Avoid sugary carbs, and go with high-quality foods that won't cause you to crash. Some examples: Oatmeal, vegetables and sweet potatoes.
- Protein is also a good snack. Keep in mind the type of activity you will be doing. If you will be weight training, go heavier on the protein, and lighter on the carbs. If you’ll be running or doing a primarily cardiovascular workout, increase the carbs. Lean meats like turkey, or high-protein eggs are good choices.
- Avoid fat. It digests slowly, and can tie up your energy, making you feel sluggish.
You may have to play around with the right snack combination and amount to find out what works best for you. The timing of your workout may influence your snacking. If you workout in the morning, you may want a bowl of oatmeal and a banana, or a veggie omelet. If you workout after a day at the office, or in the evening, you may want something even lighter.
Should I Fast Before A Workout?
Some people like to fast before a workout. The risk here is that you may end up burning muscle, not fat. Not only that, but you may not be able to sustain a high-endurance workout on an empty stomach. Maintaining an overall healthy diet every day will help you keep up your energy levels so you can stay physically active, which will in turn make you more energetic overall. If you eat erratically, and don't get the right combination of nutrients, you will feel sluggish and less likely to work out.
Can A Personal Trainer Help With Nutrition?
In addition to providing valuable exercise plans and tips, a personal trainer can also educate you on nutrition. He can work with you to create a meal plan based on your goals and current level of fitness. Ralph Roberts works with people of all fitness levels to help create a fitness and nutrition plan that gets results. Find Ralph at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo.