Happy Friday! It’s time for your healthy lifestyle tip brought to you by Life Fitness.
Today’s Tip: Power through your workout with protein
While there are good and bad sugars, healthy and unhealthy fats, your body hasn’t met a protein it didn’t like. The fact is most proteins are equal in terms of their nutritional value and superior in their role as building blocks for muscle creation.
What you eat and when, has incredible influence over your exercise experience. Eat too much right before exercising and you’re likely to feel sluggish, even nauseated, because your body is competing with itself to fuel your digestive system and your workout. Skipping your pre-workout meal, on the other hand, can leave you feeling light-headed, weak and slow to react.
The exercise experts at Life Fitness recommend having a protein-packed snack a few hours before a workout to provide proper energy without taxing your body, followed by another small, high-protein meal within two hours of exercising to help the body repair itself.
So before hitting the gym grab your grocery list and add these protein powerhouses to the menu:
· A three-ounce serving of roasted, baked or grilled meat, poultry or fish
· An 8-ounce glass of low or non-fat milk
· A handful of unsalted almonds, walnuts or pecans
· A tablespoon of peanut butter spread over celery
· A cup of black bean salad
· One hard boiled egg
A Registered Dietician can help you to create a customized nutrition program that works for you.
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Thank you LIFE FITNESS for a great tip this week.
Now a question for my awesome blog readers…..
What is your favorite pre workout meal or snack?
I guess that peanut butter sandwich my son eats for lunch before his track practice is a good thing then.
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I usually get two slice of integral bread with honey and 4 to 5 brazil nuts… Then off I go… and it works! (:
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Tishia - No More Plus Size says
Hmmm interesting. I’ve always had the mindset that you weren’t supposed to eat before working out because it would cause side pains, upset stomach, etc.
But it makes sense that you should eat something high in protein in a SMALL amount & not a 4 course dinner before working out.
Kind of funny how your way of thinking can be so ‘warped’ sometimes and so far off and then suddenly (like as I was reading this) the light bulb goes off & everything makes sense!
Great post Angie!
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Oh yea you definitely want to eat something before working out (and after!). I know what you mean though about the way of thinking. I have learned so much over the years, a lot of light bulbs have gone off. I do have a hard time eating something before working out though, sometimes I just don’t feel like it but I do it. Glad you enjoyed the tips.