How To Fuel Up For A Workout
Tackling your resolution of getting fit goes beyond just your workout. Seeing the pounds melt away includes disciplined nutrition and also fueling up for that fuel body sweat.
The workout is only half the battle. Eating right is key to getting the results you want, and fueling up for your new workout is just as important. It’s easy to overestimate and tell yourself you burned hundreds of calories in that quick workout, so eating the right foods can save you from starting your day trying to make up for the pre-workout meal.
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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says you burn about 100 calories for every mile you walk or run, so be mindful when selecting your pre-workout meal – some of those smoothies or morning shakes that seem like the best option can have up to 400 calories or more in them.
A low-intensity morning workout, for an example, a walk or yoga, does not require much fuel. So a fruit and nut bar (like ToYou’s Pre-workout snack bar) and hydration, can be the energy boost you need before having a protein-filled breakfast post-workout.
One faux pas of a pre-workout routine is skipping breakfast and trying to work out without any fuel.
“Eating in the morning helps replenish liver glycogen and steadies blood sugar levels,” officials said.
Leaving your body famished can also lead to overeating after the workout because you’re so hungry. In that case, you might give into your cravings and not be able to pass up the donuts at the office or pizza for lunch!
Another trap to not fall into is eating your favorite “cheat meal” after a good workout as a reward – that basically counteracts your gymtime, according to health officials. Of course, working out before gorging yourself on is better than nothing, but you’re putting yourself further away from your fitness goals.
If working out at night is your thing, eat a healthy lunch three to four hours before your workout and have a snack, like fruit, just before your workout to put an extra pep in your step. And be sure to hydrate! Water throughout the day, and while exercising, for less than an hour. Health officials suggest a sports drink if you’re doing a high-intensity workout in a hot climate for more than hour.
Whether you work out in the morning or after work, refueling and rehydration is important. Health officials suggest snacks high in protein, like Greek yogurt or string cheese with whole-grain crackers to hold you over until your next meal.
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