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Pre-Workout Fuel

Imagine your body is like a car, you need fuel in the tank for it to run. Fueling your body with food before exercise is essential to see results and to ensure that in the long term your body doesn't become run down and more prone to injuries.

 

Why fuel up before a workout? Our bodies use carbs and glycogen as the first source of fuel. So fueling up before a workout on these food sources ensures that you'll have the energy to perform at your best. Eating something pre-workout also ensures that you prevent your body going into a catabolic state when your body starts to use your muscles as a source of energy, when your glycogen stores run out. Going into a catabolic state can prevent muscle growth and recovery.

 

So, what to eat and when?

- Avoid eating too much fat as fats are slow digesting an may leave you sluggish instead of energised.

- Include protein to give your body amino acids that prevent muscle breakdown.

- Add carbohydrates to your meal, depending on your goals and the time of your pre-workout meal will determine whether you utilize simple or complex carbohydrates.

- 30 minutes to an hour before a workout out, fuel up on simple carbohydrates to provide your body with fast acting glucose as fuel. This could be a banana or an apple with peanut butter.

- 2-3 hours before a workout, fuel up on complex carbohydrates so you'll be able to workout for longer and less likely to have a dip in your bloody sugar levels during a workout. This could be chicken and rice, oats or an omelette.

 

Now you've got an idea of what to eat pre-workout, make sure you check out our next blog about what to eat post-workout!

 

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