Eating right for exercise does not have to be difficult! Fueling yourself before and after exercise is essential, but overdoing it can be easy. Stick to these quick tips to avoid sabotaging your calorie burn:
- Low-intensity exercise requires a small amount of fuel – try a slice of whole grain toast with 2 teaspoons of peanut butter.
- High-intensity exercise requires adequate fuel — either a balanced meal three to four hours prior, or a light snack about an hour prior. Try Branched Chain Amino Acids like Designs for Health® BCAA Powder with L-Glutamine before exercise. Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) can help promote muscle growth and repair and may balance blood glucose levels. Also, a balanced meal like grilled chicken, baked sweet potato, and roasted broccoli within an hour after exercise
- All exercise. No matter what you’re doing, maintaining hydration is important. Stay hydrated by drinking water before, during and after exercise. Avoid sugary beverages unless you are engaging in intense exercise for several hours like playing soccer.
Are you an athlete? Join our dietitian and Designs for Health® representative to discuss sports nutrition and supplementation in detail on September 11 from 11 am – 12 pm. The free session will be held at Woman’s Center for Wellness.