6 Essentials for Eating & Training
If you’re looking to hit the gym it’s important to eat foods that take care of your body while working out and training. Here are my 6 essentials for eating and training to get the most out of your workout – short, sweet and to the point.
1. Pre-Workout Foods
Your muscles rely on carbohydrates, so it’s important to get plenty of carb loaded foods like breads, cereals, rice, toast, fruits and vegetables. These will give you quick energy and endurance.
You’ll also want to consider throwing some protein into your snack before working out, which bring nutrients and oxygen to your muscles.
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2. Stay Hydrated
Before working out, you’ll want to of course get plenty of fluids to have your body performing at its highest level and stay hydrated.
3. Don’t Stop When You’re Done
When you’re finished with your workout it’s a good idea to have some protein, maybe about 10-20 mg because it helps your muscles recover and grow. Consider a glass of chocolate milk, protein shake within 30 minutes after exercising for amino acids for your muscles, or a hard-boiled egg.
4. Watch What You Eat (and Drink!)
If you’re exercising so you can drop pounds and lose weight, be sure to keep an eye on the ingredient label as a lot of the sports drinks are very high in sugar and calories.
Look for energy bars that have 5 grams of protein or less, some carbohydrates and very little fat.
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5. Try New Things
Did you know that tart cherry juice is high in antioxidants and, when you drink it post-exercise, can help reduce inflammation and aid in muscle recovery. One to two ounces of cherry juice mixed with seltzer right before bed or frozen tart cherries added to your smoothie – you’ll sleep sounder and have an easier time recovering.
6. Keep it Simple
Chicken, lean red meats, pastas, toast – these are the simple types of things that your body needs in order to train at its best capacity.
How about you – any other ideas that you have to add in regard to eating and training? I’d love to hear your experiences in the comment box below.
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