WHAT TO EAT BEFORE YOU WORK OUT
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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!