The foods you eat before and after a good workout, and the fluids you drink during your workout go a long way towards making sure your exercise has the best impact on your health as possible. Whether you're staying hydrated with a bottle of water while you're out on a run, or debating what to munch on for a little post-workout energy, Eating Well magazine has some tips to help maximise your workout and keep you satisfied in the process.
First of all, they mention — as we do in our exercise myths post — that water is probably your best bet during exercise to stay hydrated, even over something like a sports energy drink that could be loaded with sugar and calories. They suggest adding a little flavour to your water to keep things interesting — maybe with a little lemon, lime or cucumber — and note that people who drink flavoured water tend to drink more during their workouts than people with straight water do.
They suggest a nice, low—index meal (food that causes your blood sugar to spike less after eating) before you start your exercise, like those higher in protein and fibre rather than complex carbohydrates. After your workout, a tall glass of milk (or even chocolate milk) is a great way to recover, or even a banana or peanut butter.
We've tackled the topic of what to eat before and after your workout before, but this piece addresses the importance of protein in your diet, and asserts that cars are better after your workout, not before. What do you think? What do you eat before and after your workouts, and what do you prefer to drink while you work out? Share your experiences in the comments below.
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