What To Eat Before And After Workouts

You’ve read the blogs, you’ve talked to personal trainers and you’ve signed up for classes.

You’re serious about your fitness goals.

Whatever your goal is — to lose 10 pounds, run a 10k, build muscle or work out daily — you’re committed to it. Now that you’ve set your goal and you are making progress, it’s time to think about the small details.

The little factors are important to your big-picture goal, too. The seemingly small things, like what you eat before and after a workout, are actually pretty BIG things.

The food we put into our bodies before and after a workout helps determine how effective that workout is. If you fuel your body with processed foods or overeat before physical activity, you may be sluggish and slack off. If you indulge in junk food after a workout to “reward” yourself for burning off those calories, you’ll backslide quickly. There are some foods that are better for our bodies before and after a workout.

Let’s explore what is best for our bodies.

What to eat before workouts

Food is your body’s energy source. Before exercise, you need to fuel up on the right foods. Pick carbohydrates, lean protein and heart-healthy fats.

A few options you might like:

  • whole wheat bagel with jam
  • brown rice with chicken
  • greek yogurt

Water is the other pre-workout fuel. Start hydrating well before your workout.

What to eat after workoutsprotein powder post workout shake

After exercise, your body needs protein to recover. Eating the right protein after a workout provides amino acids to muscles, which are necessary for repair and growth. Complex carbs should also have a place in your post-workout snack. Try the following protein sources after your next workout.

  • chocolate milk
  • protein shake
  • hard-boiled egg
  • quinoa
  • orange juice

Try these good-for-you foods before and after your next boxing or kickboxing class. You’ll notice the difference!

Comments

  1. says

    I prefer to keep it light before a workout, so yogurt and water like you mentioned are awesome.

    Afterwards it’s all about that chocolate milk, YUM!

  2. Jane says

    I get nauseated sometimes during my workout. I have eaten granola bars, but still nauseated. Any suggestions.

    • paul martinez says

      regular oatmeal with raisins or nuts at least 45 minutes before workout and water. if i have within 45 minutes i too get nauseated or i feel i’m not all there.

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