We know working out is good for us and that eating healthy is something we should do. But do you also know eating nutritious food can help your body, before and after your workout? Choosing the right type of fuel for your body is just as important as deciding what type of workout to do.
If you are going to do more intense workouts, carbohydrates are your friends. Try to choose healthy carbs—sweet potatoes, whole-grain bread and pasta, brown rice, quinoa, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Carbs serve as a primary energy source for working muscles and the brain, especially during exercise. If you are strength training or body building, re-fuel with healthy proteins found in poultry, fish, legumes, eggs, and yogurt. These help tissues heal and promote muscle growth.
Whatever type of workout you are doing, eat a well-rounded meal that includes some healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, or canola oil.
Whether you’re working out or just going about your day, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. When exercising, make sure you hydrate two to three hours before and then drink a half to one cup of water every 15-20 minutes during your working out.
Lucas Bartlett, ATC, manager of Northern Light Sports Health shares, “There is a lot of science and research behind each aspect of diet as it pertains to exercise. Balancing nutrition and hydration will make whatever you are doing for exercise that much more beneficial. Staying hydrated and fueling your body with the right food will help you meet your goals.”
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