Working out on a full stomach usually isn't a good idea. Nausea, cramping and lethargy can drag your exercise routine down. Be selective about how you fuel up and your workouts will be more energetic and enjoyable.
Tabbing recommendations from a few different publications, Everyday Health lays out some rules of thumb for eating and drinking before, during and after exercise.
Here are a few takeaways:
* Unless you're going on a workout longer than two hours, you don't need to eat while you exercise.
* If you do exercise for such long stretches, energy gels and fuel snacks are good bets. Light, glucose-rich foods can keep your stamina high.
* Good pre-workout snacks include carbohydrates that are easy to digest. Bananas are an excellent choice.
* Water is always your friend. When in doubt, use it instead of expensive, caloric sports and energy drinks. If you're going to eat a heavy meal, save it for after your workout.
What to Eat Before, During and After Your Workout [Everyday Health]
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