Understand the connection between eating and exercise can make a huge difference in your workouts.
When and what you eat can be important to how you feel when you exercise as they go hand in hand. In this article, you will find these eating and exercise tips to maximize your workouts results.
1. Eat a healthy breakfast
If you exercise in the morning, you should finish breakfast at least one hour before workout which will fuel you with energy. Don’t avoid carbohydrates as eating carbohydrates before exercise can improve workout performance duration and intensity. However, breakfast before workout should be light and accompanied by healthy drink. Good breakfast options include: Whole-grain cereals/ bread, Low-fat milk, Juice, fruits, etc. You might also have some coffee in the mornings but not too much.
2. Watch the portion size
As you find this advice everywhere, be aware of the portion, especially before exercise. You should finish the large meal at least three to four hours before exercising while with small meals or snacks, finish them at least 2 hours before working out. Eating too much, you might feel sluggish while eating too little, you wouldn’t have enough energy.
3. Snack well
This might depends on each individual, thought you can have small snacks right before and during as long as you feel OK. Snack help prevent distracting hunger pangs which is significantly important if you plan a workout several hours after a meal. Good snack options include, energy bar, fresh fruit, Yogurt, smoothie, whole-grain bagel or crackers, low-fat granola bar, peanut butter sandwich, Sports drink or diluted juice, etc.
4. Eat after you exercise
Eat a meal that contains both carbohydrates and protein within two hours after exercising would help your muscles recover and to replace their glycogen stores. Good post-workout food choices include: Yogurt and fruit, Peanut butter sandwich, Low-fat milk and pretzels, smoothie, whole-grain bread with vegetables, etc.