Hydration is key when exercising. Before starting out be sure to eat a meal or snack that will provide sufficient fluid to maintain hydration. Stay away from foods that are high in fat or fibre to minimize gastro-intestinal distress. Make sure you leave a couple hours in between eating your meal and exercising, especially if you’re having a larger meal.
After a work-out your body is in recovery mode, therefore you need to replace the fuels that your body used. The two things we need most after physical activity are fluids and carbohydrates. It is also important to have nutrient dense meals after exercising, such as chicken and mixed vegetables. In addition, you shouldn't wait more than 30 minutes after exercising before having a snack. Some recommended options are a granola or cereal bar, a fruit cup or trail mix with nuts.
Kaylee Woodward, our athletic therapist at Healthview would be happy to include some suggestions on what to eat before and after exercise along with her excellent fitness programs. To book an appointment with Kaylee click here.