Fueling your body with the right nutrients prior to exercise will give you the energy and strength you need to perform better. To maximize the results of your training, try to eat a meal containing carbs, protein and fat 2–3 hours before you exercise. In some cases, you won't be able to get such a meal in! This is where we turn to a quick snack, that will sustain our energy and focus for a challenging workout. Here's four main ones!
1. Rice cakes (2) with peanut butter/banana This is the perfect way to ensure you'll have energy for a tough workout. The rice cakes provide carbohydrates while the fats from the peanut butter will help ensure a slow release of energy. Add a chopped up banana to the mix and your good to go!
2. Bagel with peanut or almond butter
A quick and simple snack to ensure your energy needs are met. Try adding some chopped apple on top and you will be ready for your session.
This is a good idea for those training in the morning or early afternoon. If you train in the evening or at night, the caffeine probably won't do your sleep that night any favors, so best to avoid it. Try a quick espresso or a normal coffee to give you that boost that's sometimes needed to workout! You'll find your focus will be on point too, so thumbs up for coffee.
4. Cereal with milk
A quick and easy source of carbohydrates and protein. This will give you energy to get you through your session, just make sure to pick a balanced cereal such as weetabix, oatmeal or protein granola. You'll burn off the extra calories that this snack provides, so don't worry if it isn't one of the above!
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