Eating regularly throughout the day is essential for providing your body with appropriate fuel. But individual nutritional requirements can be quite different depending on your daily activities and exercise routines. Nutritional demands also differ based on workout duration and intensity (Mayo Clinic, 2010). One of the critical times to pay attention to your nutritional needs is prior to your workout. Inappropriate fuel for your exercise routine can result in the breakdown of muscle tissue and may even make you more prone to injury. This is especially true if you are a morning exerciser when blood sugar levels are typically at their lowest.
Ideal Pre-Workout Snacks
A pre-workout snack should include a good balance of carbohydrates for quick energy coupled with small amounts of protein to help build and repair muscle tissue and regulate the release of glucose in the blood. And by keeping these meals low in fat and fiber, you can help avoid common digestive problems such as cramping and nausea (Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition, 2009). A pre-workout snack could include:
Pair these mozarrella sticks with crackers for a great pre-workout snack.
Fuel up for your workout with one banana and 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter.
Give our delicious Blueberry Butter Smoothie a try!
Prepare your turkey sandwich with low-fat cheese and pair it with a piece of fruit.
These peanut butter-filled celery stalks covered with raisins are a fun way to fuel your body!
If you’re going to add mayo, go with light mayo! You can also pair the sandwich with fat-free yogurt.
Ensuring your body has the optimal nutrients at the right time may help to enhance workouts and minimize recovery time. And although there are standard nutritional goals, you will need to take into consideration your individual needs, time of day, and workout intensity to see what helps you personally feel and perform your best. It may be helpful to take note of how you feel during and after workouts in a food journal so that modifications can be easily made moving forward.
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