One Step Closer to a Healthy Lifestyle
How to power my workouts is one of the aspects I’ve learned the hard way and am always discovering what works well for me. There have been days that my stomach has growled angrily at me because I haven’t consumed enough to sustain my workouts, and other times when I have felt sick due to overeating before my workout. I recently discovered a balance that seems to be effective for the time being. In this article, I’d like to review and explore the significance of fueling for a workout, as well as why something seemingly insignificant is so important.
Before a workout, consuming a tonne of calories is a smart way to guarantee that you get a kickass and healthy workout. Rather than going on nothing, eating a healthy snack or lunch before exercising has been shown to maximise results and is a smart way to improve the stamina when working out.
What are the advantages of pre-workout fueling?
- A pre-workout snack will help you hold your energy levels up while maintaining a steady blood sugar level when you’re working out.
- Provides enough energy during the exercise, giving the body enough strength to get you through it.
- Prevents the annoying and distracting hunger pangs.
Each to their own and all that jazz, we all have our own personal tastes in terms of what works well for us in terms of food before a workout. The strength level of the scheduled exercise can affect the kind of snack you pick as your ammunition for a successful workout.
I bear a few points in mind while selecting a pre-workout snack:
- Fruit, wholegrain pasta, and cereals are rich in carbohydrates and help to keep blood sugar levels stable.
- Protein-rich foods, such as my Macadamia and Coconut Protein Truffles, will help maintain energy levels and increase physical stamina.
- Anything high in sugar will trigger a drop in blood sugar levels, resulting in a loss of energy.
My snack selection is often influenced by the duration I work out. I prefer to eat a pineapple, a few dates and almonds, or even a bowl of oats in the early hours of the morning before I’m working out. For me, an afternoon/evening exercise necessitates something to counteract the mid-afternoon energy slump.
Personally, I find that the longer I wait between eating and exercise, the more food I consume. Since the muscles need more oxygen, a high-intensity exercise necessitates a longer digestion period. If you eat too much before working out, a large part of your blood flow would be directed to your stomach rather than your muscles.
This is obviously a very common subject, and there are several excellent tools and blog posts available. Gabby provides some excellent tips as well as an insightful description of her own encounters of fueling for a workout.
What is the preferred method of refuelling for your workouts? Is your snack/meal selection influenced by the time of day you work out?