Pre and Post Workout Snacks

By: Britney Shiflet Email
By: Britney Shiflet Email

Using these Monday morning motivational workouts can help you to set personal fitness goals for yourself at a speed you’re comfortable with. But in the long scheme of it all, the workout is only half of the battle.

Diet plays a vital role in controlling the metabolism, and as YMCA Nutritionist Sarah Bell says, we need to become aware of what food groups are and aren’t contributing to our health during certain periods of our day.

She says for the ultimate energy boost before working out, consume monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats like fresh fruit, whole wheat toast with jam, and other sources of protein. These will allow you to heighten your intensity levels in your exercises by optimizing your performance levels.

For post workout, Bell says it’s important to hydrate above all, especially because most moderate exercises can cause you to lose about one quart of fluid per hour. She recommends rehydrating with electrolytes in energy drinks like Gatorade after extensive or intense fitness sessions.

For more health and fitness tips, stay tuned next Monday on NewsChannel 7 for your dose of Monday morning motivation.

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