WHAT TO EAT BE­FORE YOU WORK OUT

Did you know that you can get fit faster by eat­ing the right foods at the right time? Truth! Take a page from the pros’ play­book. |

Best Health - - CONTENTS - By ALEX MLYNEK

WHAT WE PUT INTO OUR BODIES BE­FORE, DUR­ING and af­ter we hit the gym, head out for a jog or play a game, can im­pact the ef­fec­tive­ness of our ex­er­cise. To get the most out of your work­out, con­sider both what you eat and when you eat it, says Mon­treal-based reg­is­tered di­eti­tian Pearle Neren­berg, a for­mer NCAA hockey player and founder of nutri­tion con­sult­ing com­pany Eat This For Per­for­mance.

Neren­berg be­lieves think­ing about the com­bi­na­tion of nu­tri­ents is im­por­tant, too. If you’re eat­ing three or four hours be­fore a work­out, she says, you’ll want a bal­anced meal with grains or starches loaded with car­bo­hy­drates to fuel your body with en­ergy, pro­tein to help build and re­pair mus­cles, and fruits or veg­eta­bles to keep your body work­ing in tip-top shape. But things change as you get closer to your work­out time and your body has less chance to digest and uti­lize nu­tri­ents.

Here’s what you need to eat and drink be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter, to in­crease your odds of a great work­out or win­ning game!

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