Fuelling Your Workouts
Before you workout it is important to have enough fuel on board to give you the energy to put in 100% effort.
Eating too much before a workout can leave you feeling a little unsettled in the stomach. If you don’t eat enough you are likely to feel fatigued very quickly.
Everyone’s requirements are different and it may take a couple of attempts to get the balance right for you. Many people like to use supplements and protein shakes, but choose these carefully as some can contain a huge amount of sugar.
Keep It Simple
Eat a small snack at least 60 minutes before you plan to workout. Combining protein, carbohydrates and fats are the essential ingredients to fuel workouts, maximise fat burning, build muscle and repair tissue. My favourite pre-workout snacks include:
- 2 x large rice cakes with peanut or almond butter topped with sliced banana
- a small pot of Greek yogurt with granola and fresh berries
- scrambled eggs on wholemeal toast (with butter)
- a small handful of chicken breast, a small sweet potato with a tablespoon of coconut oil.
If you time it right you can simply eat a normal sized main meal, for example, a small sweet potato, chicken breast and lots of vegetables with a tablespoon olive oil. If your main meal is hours away then another small snack is needed or a post workout shake may be an easier alternative.
I’d love to know how you keep your body fuelled for workouts.
Please share your tips!