How to Fuel Your Body Before, During and After Workouts
Your nutrition can make or break your workouts. Fuel your body right to get the best out of your favorite workout.
Keep Your Engine Going with the Right Fuel Foods
More energy, better performance, more muscle, faster recovery. Doesn’t that sound like workout heaven? You can live it when you provide your body with the necessary nutrients that support whatever physical activity you do. Whether you run or dance, here are some tips to help you give your body what it needs to perform its best.
Before Your Workout
Healthy carbs and lean protein are perfect food items before working out. Carbohydrates will fuel you up on energy that will be released as you go through your workout. Protein will support your muscle recovery after exercise, and will also keep your body from eating away your muscle when it’s looking for energy to burn. Oatmeal, whole wheat bread, brown rice or sweet potatoes, even fruit, are good sources of healthy carbs. Egg whites, low fat ricotta or cottage cheese are some nice, light proteins that you can eat before you head to the gym. If you’re planning on eating something heavier, do so 2 to 3 hours before your workout, otherwise, eating 1 hour before is ok.
During Your Workout
During your workout, what matters most is to keep yourself hydrated. Drink a little water every 15 to 20 minutes and if you’re exercising for more than an hour, it’s a good idea you eat something after the first hour, ideally some quick-digesting type of carbs.
After Your Workout
Replenishing your body is part of the workout. When you’re done exercising, your body is in need of some good quality protein and carbs. To make the best out of your workout, try to eat quick-digesting carbs and protein within the first two hours after you’re done and drink plenty of water.
Dance Strong in Colorado
To optimize your workouts, a good nutrition is necessary. If you’re fueling your body right, you will be able to dance stronger, run faster and move quicker, and you’ll still feel great once you’re done. It is in your body’s best interest that your eating habits are supporting its hard work. If you’re feeling ready, put these nutrition tips to the test on your next dance class.