The food you eat will give you the fuel needed to exercise well. However, if you have a poor diet, you may feel dizzy and become lightheaded during a workout which could make you more susceptible to injury. And with an injury, exercise becomes more difficult so eating responsibly is an important aspect of every workout regime. Below are a few tips on not only what to eat, but when.
Timing a pre workout snack is vital. You don’t want to gulp down a smoothie right before you workout because it’ll weigh you down and will most likely make you feel a bit queasy. Instead, plan your pre-workout snack about 30 minutes to an hour before your workout. Plus, you can opt to divvy up your snack – for instance, you can easily drink half a smoothie before your workout and finish the rest afterwards.
Likewise, if you’re doing a high-intensity workout (one that lasts for two-plus hours or a strength-based workout) you’ll want to make sure you replenish your body quickly. For quick workouts, you can often wait until your next meal to refuel but for a more demanding workout, you’ll need to repair and replenish your energy within 30 to 60 minutes afterwards.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee
One of the best ways to fuel for your workout is with a light but energizing snack. Try a fresh organic juice or a grass shot if you want to keep it really light. Juices like apple and carrot have a bit of sugar that will give you the spike in energy you need right before your spin class or endurance workout. Not to mention, staying hydrated is equally important when you’re about to work up a sweat.
Aside from fueling your workout, some juices can even help with joint pain. Juices with ginger are a great way to reduce inflammation dark leafy greens are a great source of potassium. This can help reduce muscle pain, control fluid retention, and help detox toxins from the body.
Protein, Meet Carb – Carb, Meet Protein
After a workout, you’ll need to repair and restore your energy levels ASAP. The key players in keeping your energy levels in check? Protein and carbs. This combination not only works to restore your energy but it also repairs muscles. You can find great protein and carb pairings at our Earthbar located in our lobby. See a few of our favorites below:
- An Acai Bowl has the perfect blend of protein (hello hemp milk – see other benefits of hemp here) and carbs (bananas, strawberries, granola).
- Our Quinoa Bowl is a wonderfully warming post workout snack with a healthy dose of carbs. Add extra toppings like gogi berries or almonds for an extra boost of protein.
- Any of our smoothies (Basic or Power) with a salad or sandwich from local favorite, Flagstone Pantry, will keep you energized and ready to go for the rest of your day.
Exercise and eating well is a beautiful cycle but the balance can be tricky. That’s why it’s important to consider what you are eating both pre and post workout. Also, what better motivation to exercise than a delicious, well-deserved snack after your workout? Find the right method for you and you’ll smash your workout goals faster than you can say ACAI.