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You've got the working out part down, but are you giving your body the food it needs to properly fuel up and give you maximum power for the most effective workout?
The key for feeling strong and energized during your workout is to give your body the fuel it needs before you start! Having some type of carbohydrate within the two hours before your workout will help with this. It would be ideal to have a light meal with carbohydrates and protein 2 hours before working out, giving your body time to digest but still leaving you with energy. If you’re heading to the gym after work or school and it’s been a few hours since lunch, try having a snack at least an hour before that gives your body a boost of carbs and a little protein.
Here are some examples: - a Kind Pressed bar - a Lara Bar - fruit - Greek yogurt - rice cakes with nut butter - applesauce & a little cheese - veggies & hummus
Now what if you didn’t have time for an afternoon snack and you’re looking for a quick boost of energy you can have right before your workout? The key is to choose something easily digestible that will give you a quick boost of carbohydrates to raise your blood sugar enough to fuel your body. The last thing you want is a stomach ache during your intense sweat-sesh! Try something low in fiber that will give your body some carbs for a kick of energy.
- easily digestible fruit, or applesauce
- coconut water
- Greek yogurt or Kefir smoothie
- Kind Pressed bar
Remember, anything with carbohydrates will help to fuel your workout. The key is to not fill up on too much fiber immediately before a workout to prevent an upset stomach and to prevent your body from directing energy toward digestion instead of your workout.