Fuel Your Body Correctly and Enjoy Those Runs Even More!
Would you ever go on a road trip and not fill your car with gas or top off the battery if it is electric before you go? Of course not. You would want to make sure you had more than enough fuel to get you to your final destination so you’re not stuck on the side of the road thumbing for a ride.
Well, your body is no different when it comes to running, or engaging in any other type of workout for that matter. The fuel you give it prior to exercising—especially if you’re engaging in intense training—can mean the difference between racing through the finish line with your arms held high in victory or falling on your face as you run out of energy halfway through.
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So, what type of fuels help you do the former and avoid the latter?
- You can cook a couple protein-rich eggs or a piece of chicken prior to working out, but whey isolate protein powder is another alternative that is quick and easy so you can grab it and go. A protein shake is great too, especially if you’re a morning exerciser and don’t really like to eat breakfast. Regardless of which protein source you choose, you want to pick one that will provide a minimum of 10 grams of this particular macronutrient. (Tip: If you’re a morning exerciser, you might also want to consider making your pre-workout food the night before so you have no excuses!)
- Carbohydrates are a necessary energy source and which type you need is largely dependent on how long it is before your next run or exercise session. For instance, if you’re within just a few minutes of expending energy, then you’ll want to eat a simple carb such as yogurt or berries. However, if it is going to be 60 minutes or longer, then a complex carb such as whole wheat bread or spaghetti squash would be better.
- Staying hydrated is important if you want to keep your energy levels high, plus it helps your muscles and other organs function at their maximum potential. Aim for 8 ounces of water pre-workout and then keep sipping throughout your session so you don’t run out of steam before you’re finished.
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