Quick Tip: Fuel Your Workout

by in Healthy Tips, February 17, 2009

Whether you’re just hitting the elliptical after work or attempting a triathlon, what you eat before and after you workout is important. Food provides calories for energy and that’s what keeps you moving — but be mindful of where these calories are coming from.

Remember these quick tips:
• Before: Eat simple carbohydrates (fruit, dry cereal or non-fat yogurt) 1-2 hours before you begin your workout.
• During: If you exercise more than 3 hours, replenish yourself with fruit or sports drinks.
• After: Eat a combination of carbohydrates and protein to replace energy stores and repair muscle tissue.

What are some of your favorite things to nibble on pre- or post-workout?

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Comments (5)

  1. Beth says:

    GoLean cereal with fat-free milk or Carnation Instant Breakfast

  2. vanita willis says:

    Protein drink with fresh fruit and soy-milk.

  3. Monica says:

    A handful of nuts is a quick and healthy option, they go well with a small apple too.

  4. Mary Little says:

    Fresh fruit & yogurt, with a scoop of protein powder

  5. Marcia McKee says:

    I had a trainer who was a world-class body builder. Her recommendation to help keep up my energy during a workout was to eat either strawberries, cantaloupe or yogurt an hour before working out. It kept up my energy levels so I was able to put in as much effort at the end of the workout as I was s at the beginnning.

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