Top 5 Snacks to Fuel Your Workout
Find out what foods are best to eat before workouts and try these top snacks to fuel your workout.
May 28, 2014Nutrition & Movement
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It doesn't matter if you work out in the morning, during your lunch break or at night: pre-workout snacks are always important. They help ensure that your body has everything it needs to fuel itself during whatever activity you're doing, whether it's climbing the StairMaster, running on the treadmill, spinning on a bike, pumping iron or playing a tennis match.
But there's a lot of confusing information out there about what the best kinds of snacks are—should they be high in carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats or some combination of nutrients? Here's what you need to know about eating before your workout, as well as the top five snacks that'll keep you going.
Aim for carbs and protein
The best pre-workout snacks have a relatively high amount of carbs, a moderate amount of protein and limited amounts of fat. While protein is important for building muscles and repairing them after exercise, carbs are essential to give you the energy to work those muscles in the first place. Your best bet is to choose a snack with both complex and simple carbs so that the energy released during your workout is slow and steady throughout your regimen. It's also important that the carbs are easily digestible.
Consider the timing
You shouldn't eat your snack on the way to the gym down the street or as you head out the door for your run. You'll get the maximum amount of energy by eating 30 to 60 minutes before your workout, so planning is important.
Adjust the size
A small snack is enough to get you through a 45-minute workout, but if you're planning a two-hour run or a particularly long cardio and weight-training session, you should adjust the size of your snack accordingly. This will ensure that you have enough fuel to last the entire time.
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