One of the most confusing things to figure out...what the heck should we eat before and after we workout?! Well in this article, I am going to give you some ideas on what to eat prior to your workout and WHY you should be eating these foods before and after your workout :)
Your workouts are FUELED by your body, right? Well what is your body fueled by? FOOD! Thats right! The calories we take in create energy so that we can move and exercise!
With that being said, it's crucial to fuel your body correctly in order to experience the most effective workouts.
GOOD, complex carbohydrates sources and ample hydration are the key to pre-workout FUEL.
Here's a list of some amazing carbohydrates that would be ideal prior to your workout!
1. 2 pieces of whole wheat toast
2. 1/2 cup of plain oatmeal with a little honey and cinnamon
3. 1/2-3/4 cup of whole grain pasta
4. 1 medium-sized banana and 1 slice of wheat toast
5. 1 medium-sized apple and 1 slice of wheat toast
6. 1/2-3/4 cup of any whole grain cereal of your choice
7. 1 cup of berries and 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt
WHEN should you eat before your workout? GOOD QUESTION! It's best to eat around 1-2 hours prior to your workout - but if you don't have time, even a 1/2 hour window of time between when you eat and when you workout is great! This way you are giving your body enough time to digest and use the food as fuel!
Keeping hydrated is always important pre and post-workout! Keep a full water bottle with you at all times during the day before your workout and after!
Equally as important as pre-workout fuel!
Definitely make sure to drink water, of course. You can also blend your water with 100 percent juice such as orange juice, which provides fluids, carbohydrates and potassium.
Carbohydrates. You burn a lot of carbohydrates during your workout -- this is the main fuel for your muscles when you exercise!
20-60 minutes after your workout, your muscles can store carbohydrates and protein as energy and help in recovery so if you can eat your post-workout meal between 20-60 minutes after, you may feel the best!
Protein. Eat things with protein to help repair and grow your muscles around 20-60 minutes post-workout as well, such as:
1. A protein shake
2. Protein bar
3. Small bag of turkey jerk
4. 1 cup cottage cheese
5. 4oz chicken breast
NOTE: It's also important to keep in mind that every single person is DIFFERENT and have different digestive systems - and the guideline above can vary depending on the workout you are doing and/or if your stomach is sensitive to eating right after a workout.
Give the guidelines above a shot and see if your workouts are any easier to execute! If so, then continue following the regimen above!