How to Improve Your Pre and Post Workout Nutrition
Taking care of your body is essential so that you can make the most out of your daily workout routine. In order to make sure that your workout is effective you will need to be intelligent with your pre- and post-workout nutrition plan. Not only do you need to know what vitamins and minerals you need to boost your energy and speed up recovery time, it is also good to have a plan for what food you will eat to meet your goals.
Prior to your workout, eat foods that will provide you the energy you need to reach your maximum potential. Doing so will allow you to complete more reps and lift heavier weights. A half hour before you plan to workout, choose an easily digestible protein and a fast carbohydrate. Examples include:
- A glass of skim milk
- Low fat milk and a banana
- Protein smoothie
- Low fat string chees with an apple
- Hard boiled egg and fresh fruit
- Non-fat yogurt with low fat granola
Foods that are low in fat and fiber before your workout can help you reach peak performance levels when you need them most. After your workout you want to restore your glycogen stores in your body in order to recover your muscles. Since your body uses sugar stored in your muscles and blood for energy during a workout, you'll need to replenish your levels once you are done. Examples of post-workout foods to eat include:
- Vegetables and chicken
- Protein bars
- Turkey wrap
- Chocolate milk
With proper pre- and post-workout nutrition you will be able to get the most out of your workout routine each and every time.
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