Working out and exercising is hard at the best of times, even when you’ve had a few days rest and a good night’s sleep. If you’re like most people and you find yourself struggling for time and wishing there were more hours in the day, then by the time you get back from work, or get out of bed early in a morning, the last thing you’ll have the energy for will be working out. If you’ve ever tried working out on an empty stomach, or on very little calories, then you’ll know just how hard it can be. For that reason, ensuring you’ve eaten the right foods could dramatically improve your workout, enabling you to get the most out of your training. Food is vital when it comes to energy, and if you choose the right power foods it can make a world of difference.
Bananas – If you find yourself about ready to train, then about 15 minutes before you’re due to start your workout, grab yourself a banana. Bananas are a great source of slow release carbohydrates and potassium, both of which can help fuel your body to get it through a tough workout.
Oatmeal – If you’re due to workout, especially in a morning, grab yourself a bowl of oatmeal and you’ll be amazed by how strong you feel and how much energy you have. Oats are another great form of slow release carbohydrates, so again, you get a steady release of energy throughout the day.
Salmon – Salmon is great for two reasons. The first is that it’s a fatty oily fish, rich in healthy fats, which are the body’s preferred sources of energy, and the second being that it’s rich in protein. Protein is thermogenic, so the body burns more calories to digest it. The more calories being burnt, the more energy is produced.
Water – This may not be considered a food, but water is simply vital for a number of reasons, including the fact that it keeps us and our muscles hydrated, so that we can work out for longer before fatiguing.
Organic crunchy peanut butter – For a fantastic pre-workout food, grab yourself some organic crunchy peanut butter, and consume it however you like (within reason of course). Peanuts are rich in both healthy natural fats, and proteins and amino acids, all of which help to fuel our bodies and our muscles.
Pasta – When you’re looking to fuel your body, you’d be hard pressed to come up with something more beneficial than pasta. Pasta is another great source of a complex, slow-release carbohydrate which is low in saturated fat.
Low-fat Greek yogurt – This yoghurt is higher in protein and amino acids than natural yoghurt and is rich in natural vitamins and minerals including potassium, calcium, and zinc, all of which are great for fuelling the cells located in various parts of our bodies.
Oat bran – Another great breakfast food is oat bran, as this slow-release carbohydrate fuels the body and helps to flush away harmful toxins as well.
Hummus – This dip made from chick peas is absolutely ideal as it’s low in saturated fat, and is relatively high in both protein, and carbohydrates. It also often contains natural olive oil, which is a great source of healthy fats, which again, the body loves for energy.
Eggs – Eggs, especially whole eggs, are ideal as they’re a great source of protein, and if you include the yolks, fats too, proving a perfect energising combination. You can also make a simple omelette and combine with meats and veggies for an extremely balanced pre-workout meal.