Pre-Workout Nutrition for Energy
Updated: Oct 16, 2019
Published By Nutrition with Kimberly & Newport Boxfit
To kick things off we are going to take a look at Pre-Workout nutrition and how you can maximize your workouts. You always want to make sure your energy levels are high for any work out you are doing.
Why you should eat before working out?
When you’re working out, you are using your body’s energy reserve. If you want a good workout session, you need to provide your body with the necessary fuel it needs.
When should you eat your pre-workout meal?
When you’re exercising, your body requires a certain level of sugar, fat, carb and protein which acts as fuel for it. If it doesn’t get enough of this fuel, the body starts converting your own muscle tissue into energy. So, it’s important to not miss out on nutritious meal or snack before a workout. Preferably, at least 30-45 minutes before you work out.
How should you hydrate before working out?
Dehydration happens when you lose more fluid than you drink. When your body doesn’t have enough water, it can’t work properly. Drinking water before you get your heart pumping is crucial. You should aim to be fully hydrated within an hour of starting your workout, because the act of drinking water only starts the hydration
process. It takes some time for water to reach all of the parts and compartments of your body that need hydration, so it’s important to stay drinking water all day long and stay hydrated before, during and after workouts.
Eating complex carbs will help fuel your workout. Here are some that we suggest:
- Fruit, especially bananas
- Greek Yogurt
- Whole Grain Bread with some lean meat slices such as turkey or chicken
- Apples and peanut butter
- Dried Fruit
Pre-Workout Energy Smoothie Recipe:
2 cups skim milk
1 large banana
½ Greek yogurt
1 tbsp honey
¼ tsp vanilla
¼ cup walnuts
Blend and enjoy!