Fuel Your Body For Success
When you start training, be it weight lifting, preparing for a race, or even just adding a new regular exercise to your routine, it’s important that you not only pay attention to your physical regiment, but your nutritional one as well. When your body is exerting more effort, you need to make sure that you’re giving it the right fuel to work. Here are some things to get your diet in synch with your exercise.
Fuel up before your workouts
About an hour before your workout, eat a small meal or light snack to give your body energy. Foods that are easily digestible, but rich in carbohydrates, like a banana, yogurt or oatmeal are ideal. Give yourself some time in between eating and working out for your body to digest and process, then be on your way.
Water makes up like 2/3s of your body and is integral for it to run well. Training and workouts tend to deplete your body of its water, so it’s important to replenish it often. Drink water before your workout, during if possible, and afterwards.
Watch your sodium
If you are exercising and sweating a lot, it’s not just water you’re losing, but also natural sodium in your body. A lack of sodium can cause headaches, nausea and muscle cramps (all things you probably want to avoid). Eat a few preztels or drink a sports drink in order to replenish your body’s sodium.
Eat a good meal afterwards
Training is hard, and not only is it important to fuel your body with healthy carbs beforehand, but you also need to eat a balanced meal after training. Include veggies, proteins and good carbs and avoid processed foods and sugars.
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