It’s Friday! Time for your fit and healthy lifestyle tip.
Today’s Tip: Complex carbs are important to your health
Complex carbs (carbohydrates) are important to your health and should be a big part of your diet. Lately I have been asking myself, “What is a complex carb?” because my spin instructors say we should be eating complex carbs after we get home from spin class and it’s been pasta/spaghetti that has been recommended. I wasn’t exactly sure what they were so I had to do some research.
Complex carbs are broken into glucose more slowly and help provide energy throughout the day because they are slowly digested. Also important for exercise to help aid in losing more body fat. It fuels exercise by helping to keep your energy up during exercise. But I wanted to learn more about why complex carbs are recommended for AFTER exercise. Complex carbs help with muscle recovery and helps to reduce muscle soreness. You should have a combo of protein and complex carbs within one hour of exercising.
Some of the best sources of complex carbs are usually found in more healthy foods like whole grain pasta/spaghetti, veggies, nuts, fruit, potatoes, oats, breads, brown rice, etc. and include vitamins, minerals and fiber. I read that tuna and whole wheat bread would be a good after workout snack/dinner. Yum! Finally something different than pasta ha ha. I love my pasta but once a week is good enough for me. And one of the best advantages I found was that complex carbs help aid in weight management!
Now that I have answered the question, “What is a complex carb?” do you have more to add? I would love to know what you eat after a pretty decent workout like spin (or any cardio) class, other types of cardio, running, etc.