How to Fuel Up for Your Summer Workout
Your body needs the right fuel before you work out—and that means eating high-energy foods like the ones in this video.
Eat some carbs 30-60 minutes before you start exercising but choose wholesome carbs and combine them with some lean protein. Also keep fat and sugar to a minimum. This provides you with long-lasting energy, helps improve performance and can keep your body from tiring out too quickly.
Here are five ideas for energizing pre-workout snacks:
- Low-fat Greek yogurt and fresh fruit
- An egg with one slice of whole grain toast and a teaspoon of jam
- 1 ounce of sliced turkey with lettuce and tomato in a whole wheat pita
- A bowl of rolled oats with low-fat milk
- A cup of fresh fruit and ¼ cup cottage cheese
Don’t eat empty carbs found in candy and sweets. They don’t give you enough energy and will most likely cause a blood sugar crash later on. Also avoid foods high in fat, like chips or pizza, because they take longer to digest and that can slow you down.
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Date Last Reviewed: May 11, 2018
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