Top Tips for Workout Nutrition
Workouts alone aren’t enough to achieve our fitness goals. Regular exercise goes hand in hand with the proper nutrition. In this blog post, we will explain some simple guidelines that will help you make the right choices when refueling your body.
- Load up on carbohydrates for cardio – Remember that carbs give you the energy required to power through an intense workout or competition. That’s why experts recommend that carbs make up approximately 75 percent of your pre-workout meal. Ideally, you’ll want to eat 30-60 minutes before starting your workout. Feel free to add protein and fiber to deliver a steadier supply of energy as you go. As far as best foods are concerned, you’ll want to consider the likes of pasta, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans.
- Incorporate protein into strength training – As opposed to more cardio-focused workouts, ones involving strength training require different fuel. In addition to low GI carbs to provide energy, your body also craves protein-rich foods to store in reserve. Think about options such as an egg white omelet with spinach, whole grain toast, and skim milk. Smoothies are beneficial in this aspect, too.
- Give your body the necessary recovery time – About 30 minutes following a standard cardio workout, the body is optimized to replenish its energy stores of muscle and liver glycogen. During this timeframe, muscle protein synthesis occurs, setting off muscle tissue recover and repair, replacing fluids, and helping the body adapt to the workout’s stress.
- Make smart post-workout choices – Once you’ve completed your workout and allowed your body some recovery time, it’s time to re-fuel. It’s important to know that after a cardio workout, hydration is the main goal because a great deal of water is lost through perspiration. Unless you’re an elite athlete, it’s best to avoid sports drinks as much as possible. Though many folks prefer the taste to water, these beverages are laced with sugar and extra calories. In terms of food, you will want to replenish with a carb-rich snack or meal. A strength training workout, meanwhile, requires a combination of protein and carbohydrates to repair muscles, replenish the body’s glycogen stores, and prevent muscle soreness. Options could include a chocolate protein shake, eggs, chicken breast, cottage cheese, and Greek yogurt.
- Get in touch with a nutritionist – If you’re not completely sure about your pre and post-workout diet choices, it’s not a bad idea to consult a professional. At LDT Fitness, we partner with a clinical nutritionist because we truly care about the success of those who come into our studio. We proudly offer all-natural, no-compromise options to complement your workout routine. Along with our nutritionist, we will work with you in releasing unwanted pounds, improving endurance, gaining lean muscle, or simply feeling better.
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