EAT FOR SPEED
Big race? Want more fuel for boot camp? Here are two smart ways to max your go power.
The best bites are those the body can absorb right away for an energy boost, says Felicia Stoler, a registered dietitian and exercise physiologist in Red Bank, New Jersey. “And you don’t want too much fat, fibre, or protein mixed in,” she says. “That slows digestion.” If it’s a morning session, Felicia suggests downing a small glass of juice an hour before your workout. If it’s around lunchtime or postwork, have something solid, like low-fat yogurt, a smoothie, or chia pudding.
It takes about 15 minutes for your body to start feeling its energising buzz, so sip your coffee or tea about half an hour before exercising to make the most of its effects, says Frances Largeman-Roth, a registered dietitian and competitive runner, as well as the author of “Caffeine increases dopamine, a neurotransmitter that enhances mental focus and alertness. This allows you to exert yourself more intensely without feeling like you’re working harder.”