Most people who work out tend to compromise on their nutrition because of the myths that surround eating “too much”. At the same time, eating “too less” will have a counterproductive effect and can in turn compromise on the effectiveness of your workout and also cause health complications. Effective workouts demand complete nutrition and the key to an effective workout is to strike a balance between exercise and nutrition. It is imperative that you understand that you have to give your body what it needs in order to attain a healthy lifestyle. With our jam-packed schedules, we jump into the gym right after long office hours, or we squeeze in some time at the fitness club in the morning before we head to work. Though exercising can give you an endorphin- high which will, in turn, make you feel better about yourself, you need to pay attention to the nutrition your body needs to reap the benefits of your hard work. Here are a few ways to maximize your workout in simple and effective ways.
Exercising is a vigorous activity that involves movement and a lot of energy. During this activity, our muscles tend to experience a tenderness while the muscles are going through a process called muscle tissue recovery wherein the muscle tries to cope with the exertion and stress of exercise by repairing and replacing fluids. It is vital that your body is given the rest that it needs. Over-exercising will only exert and drain your body, and your goal of a healthier mind-body is defeated.
If you are exercising just for general health and fitness, as opposed to intensive sport training, and if your goals are modest, your workout nutrition strategies are pretty simple. Your main goal will be to eat well and in quantities best suited for your body type a good 1 – 2 hours before the workout. Your main aim should be to eliminate any nutrient deficiencies that you may have and monitor your portions. Nutrient is one tool that you can use to enhance your workout experience and it has to be skillfully used in the right way and in the right situation. What you eat before the exercise plays a huge role in determining your performance and recovery.
If you are looking to build muscle, you should focus on your protein intake; this not only aids recovery but also pumps amino acid into your bloodstream and helps to build muscle. Protein shakes are a quick fix but you can opt for any protein-rich nutrient source that will fit your needs. Contrary to popular belief, carbohydrates are an excellent source of energy and can boost the effectiveness of your high-intensity training. It preserves muscle and liver glycogen while stimulating the release of insulin if combined with protein. Carbohydrates convince your body that you are well fed and in turn increases muscle retention and growth and if eaten with protein, it aids in protein synthesis and prevents protein breakdown. On the other hand, fat-rich sources slow the digestion process and help maintain blood glucose and insulin levels to ensure that you don’t feel faint while exercising. Additionally, they provide essential vitamins and minerals that are essential in our diet.
Don’t forget your fluids! They are an indispensable part of your exercise regimen. Water is the key to ensure that you don’t fall prey to dehydration. Fluid intake before, during and after your workout play a crucial role in ensuring that you are well-hydrated and aid the replenishment of fluids lost during exercises. If you plan on working out for more than an hour, it is suggested that you use a sports drink to help maintain your body’s electrolyte balance and energy.
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