Having a good workout isn't always about losing weight. In addition to losing weight tho, working out is found to benefit you for reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. Being active can help improve your sleep, energy level, and mood.
I am sure you know that what you eat before and after a workout is very important. In this post, we will focus on what to eat before working out and how it may benefit you.
Carbs are good for you!
Carbs are equal to energy! When we eat carbs, they break down into glucose then they enter our muscles and give us energy for a maximum workout. If you don't have enough glucose during training you may feel tired, lack energy and rather take a nap than a workout. So before a workout, we recommend you eat some simple carbs that can be easily digested and that will provide you with quick energy. Examples of this include foods such as Greek yogurt, a piece of fruit, oatmeal, granola bar.
Carbs aren't enough, if you are doing weight lifting training it is especially a good idea to have a little protein before! When we exercise, especially weight lifting we create little tears in our muscles fibers, and protein is exactly what we need! Protein regenerates and grows those muscles, which is our goal at the end. Examples of protein are nuts, Greek yogurt, turkey, hard boiled eggs.
The ideal time to eat a meal before a workout is 30 minutes to 3 hours before, depending on the meal and the workout. This can be adjusted depending on what works best for you. For example, if you workout early in the morning you probably won't eat a big meal. A small breakfast or snack should be enough. If you exercise later on in the day, I recommend having a well-rounded meal two-three hours before hitting the gym or to drink healthy smoothie 30 minutes before.
Before anything always make sure you are hydrated! One way to check your hydration is to see the color of your urine in the morning. According to doctors, lemonade colored urine is a sign of healthy urine, while dark colored urine is means deficiency in H2O. The goal is to stay hydrated during your workout with out overdoing it, that is why I recommend drinking 2-3 cups of water about 2 hours before workout and 1 cup, 20 minutes before workout. If you are doing extreme exercises or exercises in hot weather than drinking 1 cup every 15-30 minutes can benefit you.At the end, the most important thing is to listen to your body.Everybody is different and everyone's body responds differently. Your body will let you know what it needs, so pay close attention to what is bothering you and fix the problem! So start experimenting what works best for you and your body.