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