Eating Right For {Maximum Workout Energy}

By Marc


Whatever your workout goals, the key to getting the most from your workout is to make sure that you give your body the fuel it needs before, during and after. The right food can improve results and help your body recover faster. Here is some great advice on the kinds of foods you should eat to maximize the benefits of the time you spend on your workout.

If it has been several hours since your last meal, eating a small snack about 30 minutes before your workout can ensure that you have the energy you need to complete your workout session without excessive fatigue.

Trail mix, an energy bar, a medium banana or a yogurt are all good choices for a light snack before you work out. If you are focusing on strength training, you may want to include a small portion of protein to prepare your body for the hard work your muscles will be doing. Whatever you chose, keep the portion size small so that your body will focus on your exercise and not digestion.

Eating after your workout is important to give your body what it needs to repair and recover. When you finish your workout, a liquid meal with some protein and carbohydrates is a good choice. A liquid meal takes very little digestion and helps restore liquids as well. The protein is quickly absorbed into your muscles and helps the rebuilding process.

About 45 minutes to an hour after your workout is the time to eat a high protein solid meal. Lean chicken or grilled fish are two good choices. Pair them with some high fiber, nutrition rich vegetables to give your body what it needs to build lean muscle.

If your workout session will last longer than an hour, consider alternating the water you drink with sips of an energy drink during the course of your session. Be careful not to drink too much or you may be adding unnecessary calories.

Hydration is essential for any workout plan and you need to replenish the liquids your body loses as you workout by drinking before during and after you exercise. Drink two glasses of water within two hours of your exercise time to get your body ready.

Unless you are working out in extreme heat or for an extended period of time, drinking during your work out is a matter of taking liquids as your thirst dictates. After your workout, drink an additional 2 or 3 glasses of water to get your body replenished and help recovery.

When you supply the fuel your body needs, you are better prepared to give your best effort to any workout you have planned. Follow the advice above for maximum workout energy and maximum results.

Marc Ouellette is a Certified In-Home Fitness Trainer, Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition and Owner of Personal Training Alliance. I help men and women get thin, burn fat, add lean muscle and help them become more energetic and confident.

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