Spring Exercise Series: Nutrition & Hydration
In our first two articles in this series we talked about how to get the most out of your body, so now it’s time to talk about what you put into it. Your body is a finely tuned machine, and if you’re going to get the best performance, you’ll need the best fuel.
Hydration. You’re working out and sweating, so it’s no secret you’ll need plenty of fluids. Not all fluids are created equal, however. You’ll want to avoid drinks that contain caffeine, as these can actually make you even thirstier. As you sweat, you not only lose water, but valuable electrolytes. Sports drinks that can replace these minerals are ideal, but if you don’t have one handy, there’s nothing better than good old-fashioned water.
Nutrition. While you don’t want to be starving before you take your first step, avoid eating immediately before an intense workout. During exercise more blood is directed to your muscles, leaving less for digestion. Afterwards, your body is ready to refuel and rebuild muscle mass, making it the perfect time for a snack. What to eat before and after a workout can be confusing and will vary depending on both you and what type of workout you’re attempting. For a more complete review, check out this medically approved guide from Everyday Health.
The warm weather is finally here, so it’s the perfect time to get back into shape. So get out there and get moving and make sure you take care of yourself along the way.