Wellness Wednesday: Fueling Up for a Workout

250px-Obstjoghurt01Today I was asked today before yogilates, “You eat before you work out?” (I was carrying an empty Chobani blueberry container). I said, “Yes, you wouldn’t take a trip if your car had no gas. Your body works much the same way.” Fuel is necessary, but how much? Since it’s Wednesday, for our wellness tip, I decide to answer the question…

Choose the light meal or snack. Even if you like to have a light workout before breakfast, have a glass of juice, some whole grain toast, or a bit of low-fat yogurt before heading out. Eating a light, low-fat meal about one to 3 hours before your workout will give you the benefit of fuel without stomach trouble.

Now, if you’ve eaten a large meal…wait. Your body takes several hours to digest fats and proteins. Let your body work on the task at hand — processing your meal — and save your exercise for later.

If you’d like to work out, but you’re between meals, a quick carb-rich snack, like a banana, glass of juice, or whole grain English muffin, about half an hour before exercise should keep you from feeling hungry.

Hope this helps to improve your workout energy and wellness. Here’s a little food for thought: “The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years.” — Deepak Chopra

Happy Wednesday, friends!

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