As we edge closer to the Autumn months it can be easy to slip back into those comfort foods, even when you’re still keeping up your exercise regime. We know the old phrase “you are what you eat” and this rings especially true for those who want to reap the rewards of hitting the gym on a regular basis.
So what can you do to help fuel your body even further? Never train on an empty stomach.
We know you should never exercise after a full meal, but you should make sure that you have enough energy in you to last a whole session. Similarly, you should always ensure you are feeding your body post-workout too. For your body to properly rebuild, you need to refuel as soon as you can to ensure you are putting nutrients back in so they can do their magic.
To make life a little easier, we’ve listed the best pre-workout foods for you below:
Bananas – Packed with potassium, these fast-acting carbohydrates help nerve and muscle function.
Greek yoghurt – Packed with protein and probiotis, this type of yoghurt will keep your gut in check so you don’t feel nauseous as you burn energy.
Oats – Oats are full of fibre, helping to release a steady flow of energy into your system.
And not forgetting what you should be eating after you exercise:
Chicken – Your body will be in recovery mode once you exercise so you need to feed it protein and quickly to help build muscle.
Chocolate milk – Compared to plain milk, water or most sports drinks, chocolate milk has been found to have double the carbohydrate and protein content, helping to replenish your body after exercise. Along with a high water content, chocolate milk will help replace lost fluids.
Salmon – Eating salmon after exercise will help reduce inflammation whilst regulating your insulin levels and helping to support your joints.