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EAT SMART FOR GREAT WORKOUTS

EAT SMART FOR GREAT WORKOUTS

EAT SMART FOR GREAT WORKOUTS

At Strength Science Studios, our goal is for you to live with optimum wellness. But a good exercise program requires proper nutrition. Many people do not know exactly when or what they should eat before working out. Here is what the expert have to say:

  • A study conducted by the researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia suggested that consuming carbohydrates can increase your strength to endure rigorous exercises and help you perform better. Some suggested items: low-fat granola bars, fig bars, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, banana, yogurt, pasta. And do not forget to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
    Nutritionists and dieticians agree that it is never advisable to work out on an empty stomach. Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN told Prevention Magazine that a healthy pre-workout snack that combines protein and carbs may be ideal. Foods like a banana, whole-grain toast with a slice of cheese or almond butter, a cup of Greek yogurt with some nuts sprinkled on top, or a smoothie are some of the best snacks to eat before a workout.
  • It is also important to know what not to eat before your workout. Hot coffee and tea does not enhance a workout, and goes through your intestines quickly. Items such as milk, high fat foods and high fiber foods can be too hard on your digestive system before a workout. And, since part of working out has much to do with weight loss or weight maintenance, avoid high calorie foods.
  • Knowing when to eat prior to your workout is also important. Experts counsel eating about 30 to 45 minutes prior to working out. If you’re pressed for time, at least consume a bagel with peanut butter, or some low-fat yogurt. But if you have time, refer to the list above, and be sure to combine proteins and carbs in moderation.
  • What about after your workout? If you feel fatigued after a workout, it may be that your blood sugar is low. Keep hydrating, say the experts, and consume proteins. Foods like almonds, eggs, peanut butter, chicken, fish and turkey breast can go a long way in keeping your body running properly after heavy exercise.

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