Fueling Your Body For Exercise

Posted on: 19 May 2016

There is no way around it. Exercise is necessary to be healthy, and nothing else replaces its value, including eating properly and having good living habits. So getting up and getting active is a necessity. You should also nourish your body in a certain way to maximize the benefits.  


Carbohydrates are still considered an important component of a pre-exercise workout. Of course, grabbing a handful of cookies is not the answer. You need to eat healthy carbs in the hour before you hit the gym or start your run. One of the best pre-workout foods is bananas. They are easy to digest and also have the potassium that your body needs for muscle and nerve health. Another "good carb" is oats. Having some oatmeal before you exercise will help you maintain energy and also give you needed vitamin B. You can also eat a piece of wholegrain bread with jelly. As long as you do not overdo it, certain carbs are necessary for your exercise regime and a healthy life. 


A small amount of protein before your workout can be helpful. A few turkey slices or a hardboiled egg with your carbs is a good idea. After your workout, proteins are even more important. Your muscles need the protein to recover and build muscle. Experts suggest that you consume 10 - 20 grams of protein after your workout. You can get that protein from a number of sources, including nuts, chicken, and protein powder. If you do want to have a small meal after your exercise, consider drinking a shake made from quality protein powder. Just make sure it doesn't contain more than 15 grams of carbohydrates in a single glass. Check the calorie content if you are trying to lose weight. 


Although your water needs depend on age, height, weight, and age, a general recommendation is to drink 17 - 20 ounces of water 120 - 180 minutes before you exercise. Approximately 30 minutes before you begin, drink another 8 ounces. While you are exercising, try to drink up to 10 ounces for every 10-20 minutes of exercise. Then, in the 30 minutes after you exercise, drink another 8 ounces of water. That amount sounds like a lot, and, yes, you will be sipping water for hours. Your body needs this amount of fluid to keep you from becoming dehydrated.

Exercise is essential to your health, but when you do a workout, you need to properly fuel your body. Make sure you give your body what it needs before, during, and after your routine.