10/11/2016

The Best Foods to Eat to Boost Your Workout

We’ve all been there - you spend hours every week killing it in the gym, you make sure that you eat well and provide your body with what it needs to grow and develop, and in the beginning, you make crazy progress. But, after a while, it seems like no matter how much you lift or how fast your sprint, you just stop making progress. It’s extremely challenging to get yourself to that next level of athletic prowess. If it were easy, it wouldn’t be worth fighting for. But, there are some small changes that you can make in order to give your body that extra boost and really get the most out of each workout. Many of these changes are to do with your nutrition. In this blog, the team of experts at Athletic Republic of Humble has put together some top tips for what you should eat before, during and after a workout in order to really maximize the time you spend at the gym, and start seeing results.

BEFORE

A mistake that so many of us often make is not fueling up properly before a workout. If you’re trying to get lean, you may be watching your daily calorie intake. However, skipping your meal before your workout is counterproductive as it leaves you weak, tired and unable to really give it your all. Before a workout, you need to consume carbohydrates to give you energy as well as lean protein - to fuel your muscles and to help your blood cells to bring nutrients and oxygen to them during your workout. It’s also absolutely essential that you hydrate well, as even a 2% change in the level of you hydration can affect your performance. The best way to get the maximum benefit from your workout is by following an exercise and nutritional program developed by experts. The team at Athletic Republic of Humble work with top athletes and use the latest technology to help them to reach their goals. Call today at 832 644 8276 to find out more about their excellent services and arrange a visit to a center near you.

DURING

Depending on how long you usually work out for, it may not be essential to consume anything other than liquids during your workout, but you should always make sure to have a bottle of water to hand. It is advisable to take small, regular sips to keep your hydration optimal, rather than waiting until you feel thirsty and chugging a whole gallon. If your workout lasts for more than 60 minutes, or if you tend to sweat more than the average person, you should consider swapping your water for a sports drink. These contain carbohydrates to keep your energy levels up, as well as salts, and replenish the electrolytes lost in your sweat. Above all else, listen to your body and what it tells you it needs.

AFTER

The foods that you put in your body directly after a workout are the building blocks with which is it going to repair itself, so this is arguably the most important meal of the day. Once again, it’s essential to take on some carbohydrates to replenish the stores that you burnt during your workout. If you do not eat within 15 minutes of training, your body starts holding on to fat stores in a state of ‘panic’ in case no more carbs come on board. Your metabolism is also at its fastest during this period, so any carbs that you do eat will be burnt off quickly and are not likely to be stored as fat. Therefore, eating a banana or other healthy carbohydrates can help you to drop fat and get lean. You also need a good dose of amino acids to be able to start repairing the micro-damage that you’ve done to your muscles. A protein shake or bar is a quick and easy way to make sure you get some good-quality, easy-to-digest protein into your system. Some other good options are tinned tuna, sashimi sticks, or chicken breast. If you try eating a t-bone straight after your workout, you could end up regretting it.

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So, with a few little tweaks to your diet, you should start seeing results in no time. But remember, don’t try and do it alone, train with the experts at Athletic Republic of Humble and you’ll benefit from their high-level training and years of experience, as well as having the luxury of working out on state-of-the-art equipment. Call today at 832 644 8276 to find out more.