Give your body the much needed boost
One of the biggest confusions most fitness enthusiasts have is what to eat before hitting the gym. Though the internet is flooded with suggestions of all kinds, the confusion only grows with every article. We reveal the best pre-workout food you can take before you hit the gym.
Most Indians today have joined the fitness bandwagon. Working professionals are striving hard to beat all odds to try and squeeze in sometime for their gym sessions. However, most of them are still unclear about whether they should workout empty stomach or if they should eat something.
Experts might tell a billion things, some right and some contradictory. However, as a thumb rule what you must remember is: Eat right at the right time and you’ll never go wrong!
In this scenario, one must never workout with a full stomach. Hence eating at the right time becomes most important. Mind you, even working out on an empty stomach is not advisable. If you logically think, what is most important for a high-intensity workout session is energy and hence your major source of fuel is a food source rich in carbohydrate. Hence, eating a digestible carbohydrate about 1 hour before your workout session will give you the much-needed energy.
We take a look at 7 foods that is considered ideal to consume before a workout session:
Banana: Rich in carbohydrates, sugar and starch, banana is ideal before any exercise routine. Eating a medium size banana an hour before hitting the gym is enough to provide your body energy throughout your workout routine. A banana is especially the best source of instant energy if you are heading for your workout in the morning.
Oatmeal: Don’t look amazed. If you are someone who prefers to exercise around 10-11 in the morning then a breakfast containing of oatmeal would be the best way to give your body the much-needed energy boost. We know, most people don’t enjoy the taste of an oatmeal, but try adding some cut fresh fruits or cinnamon powder – you won’t complain there after!
Chicken breast with brown rice: For the evening workout junkies (4-5 pm), having brown rice with chicken breast for lunch (2 pm) is a good choice. A bowl of brown rice with chicken will give your body the much-required carbohydrates, fibre and protein. This meal is considered as one of the best meal combinations by fitness experts and hence we’re sure chicken and rice lovers will be smiling away to glory upon reading this!
Energy bars: Most people would be shocked to read this. Here’s the deal. Always pick the right energy bar, which means it should be made out of pure ingredients and not have any kind of preservatives. Also note that the fat percentage and sugar levels must be in the advisable range. This is mostly an option for those who do not have enough time to eat an hour before their workout. Eating couple of bites will boost your energy levels instantly.
Protein shakes: Protein is the most essential nutrient for muscle development, bone and skin health. If you’re a vegetarian and don’t eat eggs or lean meat, protein shakes is a good source of getting the nutrient. However, don’t over consume protein shakes. A maximum of two scoops is a day is advised by fitness experts, that too if needed. Nothing can replace the goodness of natural protein sources. But consuming a protein shake about half an hour before workout is a quick and effective resolve.
Bagel with honey/Peanut butter sandwich: Again, don’t be surprised. Having a multigrain or whole wheat bagel with honey is an excellent way of getting the much needed fuel for your body before a workout. Also if you are a morning gym junkie, then a slice of multigrain or whole wheat bread with a dollop of peanut butter will kick start your metabolism, since you’ve been fasting while sleeping for 8-9 hours.
Curd/Yoghurt: Dahi as it is known to us has enough amount of protein and calcium to sustain energy levels during a workout. Easy on your digestive system, a cup of curd is an awesome option for those looking to go on a light stomach before a workout. If you’re not a big fan of yoghurt, try adding some fresh fruits or nuts to the same for some fun, taste and health!
As much as it’s important to exercise and workout for attaining prime health and fitness, it is also essential that you eat right at regular intervals. We request all our readers to please note that starving is not an option at all. Eating right and maintaining a regular exercise routine is the best and the most proven way of staying fit. So, stick to it and enjoy great health.