A lot of people don’t realize just how important nutrition is in their journey to proper fitness. For them, being able to workout for 1-2 hours 3-4x a week is all they need to achieve their ideal physique. But nutrition is very crucial to your fitness success and this is why you must see to it that you eat the right foods before and after your workout.
Having sufficient energy and a steady tummy are both keys to a good workout. Don’t skip a pre-exercise meal just because you’re running out of time. If you’re not sure what to eat, here’s a list of foods to consume BEFORE a workout:
1. Whole wheat bagel with jam
Simple carbs burn quickly while complex carbs take too long to burn. You need something that’s easy to digest and with enough sweetness to give you energy. This is why whole wheat bagel drizzled with jam or honey will fit the bill.
2. Protein shake plus carbs
Pre-made protein shakes make for a very convenient pre-workout snack and the added carbs will give you energy. Aim for 4:1 carb to protein ratio so you can add banana or any other fruit to your shake.
3. Greek yogurt
5. Bread with egg and cheese
Most people can’t work out without coffee and rightfully so. Coffee helps you to workout more and enhances your energy levels. It also prevents muscle soreness later on.After your workout, your body needs to replenish the energy you lost. You can do so with these protein and carb snacks:
1. Protein shake with banana
2. Pita bread and hummus
3. Tuna on whole wheat bread
4. Fresh berries and yogurt
5. PB&J sandwich
A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is probably the easiest after workout snack you can prepare. And it’s also an excellent choice for replenishing your lost energy! So, before you head on to Gold’s Gym or any gym for that matter, don’t forget to pack your snacks to get the most benefits from your workout!