You can substitute a pre-workout snack with a pre-workout smoothie. It’s down to personal preference what you choose to consume prior to training. Generally, they are easy to digest and you can still pack loads of nutrition into them to support your workout plan and goals. Smoothies also tend to save you time as they don’t involve any cooking time – just a few minutes chopping and then straight in the blender for a minute or so. Of course – they can be made a few hours before and kept refrigerated until needed.
For your body to be able to perform to the best of its ability during exercise, it requires a sufficient level of energy. This is why pre-workout nutrition is so important. It should comprise of two of the main macronutrients: carbohydrates and protein, and a pre-workout snack should be eaten around 30 minutes to 1 hour before your exercise begins. This gives your body time to digest the food in time for your workout.
After your workout, the likes of blood sugar levels, creatine, glycogen and BCAA levels will be lower, so they need to be replenished. Post-workout snacks can help replenish these stores in the body if they are comprised of the two main macronutrients: protein and carbohydrates both of which play their own important role in replenishing stores
During a workout, energy levels become depleted rapidly and cause muscles to prematurely feel fatigue. To reach your goals, your body’s energy levels need to remain high. Supplements can be taken in your regime to aid your workout, most commonly taken before, during or after a workout. Your body needs a sufficient amount of energy for a workout.
You can supplement protein into your regime pre-workout for many reasons – and a pre-workout shake is just one way that you can supplement. To supplement as a shake, protein powder is usually mixed with milk or water so that you can drink it in liquid form. In some cases, the powder can also be mixed with a high-sugar sports drink to provide an additional energy source along with protein.
During exercise your energy levels decrease, and your glycogen stores rapidly deplete in your muscles, causing them to tire. It’s important to have a good post-workout meal to replenish the stores that have been used during your workout. A meal comprising of the right macronutrients can set your body up for optimum recovery.
Your pre-workout meals are almost as important as post-workout because they tend to serve the purpose of fuelling your workout. Your blood sugar levels should be high during your workout – failing to eat the right foods before your workout can lead to low blood sugar levels, which in turn could cause fatigue and light headedness.
It’s a no brainer that your body requires energy to exercise to its maximum potential. Whether it is high intensity interval training or endurance training, your energy levels must be high to prevent your muscles prematurely feeling fatigue, or completely exhausted. Food and supplements before your workout, when chosen carefully, can help support your workout and delay the feeling of fatigue by boosting energy levels.
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