When we exercise, the body releases ‘feel good’ chemicals called endorphins and these can improve your mood and effectively make you feel on top of the world. After all, there is a reason why working out is supposed to help treat mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. With this said, it is important that you fuel your body for the journey. Read on as we go over 3 snacks that are suitable both pre-and-post workout…
Bananas: Fruit is a no-brainer when it comes to diet and exercise, however bananas offer unbeatable nutrition. They have a healthy supply of carbs, including both sugar and starch, which releases slowly and allows you to work out for longer. Plus, they also contain a lot of potassium and magnesium, two minerals that often drop post exercise and need to be replenished promptly.
Protein Shakes: When you’re on the go, it can be convenient to mix a few scoops of protein powder with water or milk in order to create a nutritional snack. Protein shakes can be consumed both pre-and-post-workout for all your protein needs, particularly if you’re looking to build lean muscle, and actually help your muscles recover after an intense lifting session.
Porridge: Unseasoned porridge that doesn’t have any added sugars that may increase your glycaemic index is made from oats and provides the body with complex carbs and a source of fibre that can be essential to a good workout. Consuming a bowl before exercise can help curb hunger cravings, give you energy and contains essential vitamins for your general wellbeing.
The body needs fuel in order to allow us to exercise and obtain the best results, and a pre-workout snack can actually improve your focus throughout whereas a post-workout snack can reduce recovery time. It is important that you select nutritional food, such as the ones listed above, that will maintain progress as sweets, chocolate and crisps contain a lot of empty calories that will only un-do all of your hard work.