Food is the best fuel to help you reach your fitness goals. The foods you choose before and after your workout makes all the difference. My recommendation? Identify your goal. Plan accordingly. Keep it simple and sustainable. Always move with purpose!
Before. Complex carbohydrates help you feel fuller and fuel your body throughout the day. Incorporate lean protein and heart-healthy fats. The carbs improve endurance, and the protein supplies muscles with amino acids for repair and growth. Healthy options include:
After. This is when you need to replenish your energy and build muscle. Choose foods and snacks that fight post-workout inflammation and provide quality fat, potassium, fiber and magnesium. Good recovery options include:
Hydration is very important because even losing 2% of your body weight in water can cause a drop in workout performance. A good rule of thumb is to drink roughly 8 ounces of water every 15 minutes when exercising. I recommend 64-96oz of water per day. Don’t drink more than 128oz because too much water lowers the body’s essential sodium.
Partha’s Prescriptions for a successful exercise regimen
Remember to make healthy living a part of everyday!
And as always, the light in me honors the light in you. Namaste.
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