What is the Best Pre workout?
You know carbs are essential for energy and protein is vital for muscle growth, but certain foods are better than others for fueling up before and recharging your body after certain workouts. After all, you use different muscles and burn varying levels of calories depending on if you’re lifting iron, pounding pavement, or doing plies. Find your planned exercise for the day and nosh on the recommended snacks to keep your body at its best during class and long after.
Whatever exercise you’re doing, eat your pre-workout snack one to two hours beforehand to keep your stomach from growling and provide your body with pep without weighing you down. Then refuel within 30 to 45 minutes of your cool-down to provide the necessary nutrients to restore your hard-working muscles and rehydrate your body.
Pre-workout snack: Fruit and nut bar
HIIT workouts are perfect for people short on time, and if you’re running from work to the gym, you want something portable and energizing yet wholesome, says personal trainer Lyssie Lakatos, R.D., co-author of . Enter bars with nuts and dried fruit at the top of the ingredients list, such as Kind or Larabar. They provide carbohydrates to fuel your muscles and are rich in fiber, protein, and good-for-you fats that will keep your energy up and your stomach satisfied, Lakatos says. Choose a bar around 200 calories with at least 4 to 5 grams each of protein and fiber.
Post-workout snack: 1/3 cup cooked quinoa, 1 cup cooked vegetables (2 cups raw), and 3 ounces cooked chicken
This snack will squash hunger after your intense workout and is just the thing your muscles need. You have the quinoa’s carbs to restore glycogen (your muscles’ main source of energy) and the antioxidants in the veggies and protein in the chicken to repair muscle damage, Lakatos explains. The vegetables also rehydrate your body.