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Nutrition & Your Exercise Regimen

by MPK September 21st, 2018 | Health Observance, Nutrition
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applesWith a focus of Fall into Fitness this month, we’ve looked at various aspects of starting a new workout regimen and all of the benefits that it can offer.  Another aspect of starting a new fitness program is the nutritional aspect.  What exactly do you need to feed your body when you incorporate more exercise into your life?

Most importantly (in my opinion), do not be fooled into believing that you need to purchase all sorts of well-marketed products.  If you are going to the gym for a personal trainer session or a cardio kickboxing class, you will not need an energy bar to get you through the class.  These products were developed for people who participate in endurance sports, meaning many hours of constant exercise.  They are higher in calorie than needed.  Another item on the don’t need list is a power drink.  If you’re completing a normal 30-60 minute workout, you most likely will not need to rebalance your electrolytes.

Now that we’ve covered what you don’t need, what do you need?  A snack is a good idea.  A small influx of calories will give you a boost before your workout.  Some suggested items for that snack are:

  • a piece of fruit
  • apple slices & peanut butter
  • carrot sticks
  • celery sticks (with or without peanut butter)
  • a small handful of whole wheat cracker
  • a couple slices of cheese
  • a small container of yogurt
  • a serving of cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup of whole grain cereal

There are many more options. Just keep in mind that the goal is to eat something that isn’t high in sugar or fat but that will provide your body with a little bit of energy.

Now that we have the food covered, what about beverages?  This is simple- water.  Water is the perfect beverage for your athletic endeavors.  Be sure to drink a glass or two before you begin your workout, so that you are hydrated when you start. Continue to drink water during your workout, as needed and as possible.  When the workout’s done, drink more water.  Water is the essential way to hydrate for your workout routine.

Get your new fitness program started (with your physician’s consent, of course), and follow these simple nutritional tips to make a smooth transition into a healthier you.

(Photo courtesy of Adrian van Leen)

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