Health Watch: Fuel up on carbs before workouts
Tip of the Week
When your car runs out of fuel, it doesn't run properly. When your body runs out of fuel, the same thing happens. To avoid empty tank syndrome, fuel with carbohydrates pre-workout.
1. Coffee is not a fuel: Trust us, we love ourselves a big cup of coffee in the morning as much as the next person. But a cup of coffee on an empty stomach provides no nutrients and isn't doing your body any favors at the gym. Think of coffee as your stimulant for groggy days, but you still need to pair it with the proper carbs to maximize your exercise efforts!
2. Fruit is fuel: Fruit is a great pre-workout snack. The simple carbs in fruit have that release sugars into your body for an almost immediate boost. If you don't usually eat before a workout or your stomach is sensitive, go with a banana because it is loaded with easily digestible carbs. Plus, a bit of extra potassium in your day is always a good thing!
3. Healthy grains are fuel: Get on the healthy grain train! A bowl of oatmeal is a wise choice before a workout because the B vitamins convert the carbs from oatmeal into energy. Another powerful, snack to try is a simple slice of bread paired with peanut butter. But make sure to skip the refined white processed stuff and go with whole grain.
4. A smoothie is fuel: Smoothies are easy on the stomach and easy to make! Basically, a perfect pre-workout drink! Pick healthy carbs like fruits and greens to get that energy boost your exercise needs and then add protein from almond milk or Greek yogurt.
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