Make no mistake about it, Mom had it right when she told us that we are what we eat.
The food that we put into our bodies shouldn’t just taste great (though that is a big benefit). It should also help fuel all of our bodies our bodies for the entire day, but especially when we are going to work out.
Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of folks out there just aren’t fueling their body as well as they probably could or should be. According to researchers in the health and wellness world, most people eat a diet that is anything but beneficial – and most of us are stuffing our faces (and our bodies) with food that isn’t only NOT going to fuel us, but it’s actually going to strip us of our energy when we need it most.
But by integrating the foods that we highlight below into your pre-workout routine and making them staples of your daily diet you are going to be able to reverse that trend without any major changes necessary.
Just imagine this for a moment – by making the subtle changes to your daily diet (especially) for you go to work out) you are going to be able to flood your body with an almost endless amount of energy that you can used to push your body to the limits.
It just doesn’t get much better than that!
- Power up with a spoonful of honey
New research suggests that you want to stay away from “straight glucose” – the easiest compound for your body to turn into immediately useful energy – right before you workout and instead replace that pre-workout boost with a carbohydrate blend.
Sports drinks like Gatorade can give you a quick pick me up, but they are also filled with all kinds of ingredients and chemicals that really aren’t all that beneficial for your help in the short or long term.
Instead you’ll want to give yourself a quick shot of honey (usually just a spoonful of the all-natural stuff will do) about 30 minutes before you exercise. It’ll give you that shot of sugar (glucose) you need to prime your energy engines while also making sure that your blood sugar levels don’t fly all over the place.
- A quick cup of coffee works wonders as well
Do not discount the amazing energy boosting benefits of caffeine, especially from high quality (and hopefully free trade sourced) coffee.
Yes, your favorite cup of Joe really can help you get in a better workout – even if you aren’t going to be hitting the gym bright and early in the morning but instead quite a bit later at night.
Caffeine is not only going to elevate your energy levels the fire a cascade of biochemical reactions that jack you up on autopilot, but it’s also going to help you elevate your metabolism to melt fat like a furnace and give you a lot of extra endurance to push through more grueling workouts as well.
- Chocolate milk does a body good
Yes, you read that correctly – chocolate milk is going to do a body good, and according to a recent report drinking a glass of low-fat chocolate milk may have a more beneficial impact on your energy levels before you workout plan pounding a bottle of Gatorade.
Now, obviously, you aren’t going to want to chug down a half-gallon of chocolate milk anytime soon – and you certainly aren’t going to want to pound down that half-gallon of dairy before you go and push yourself to your physical limits – but you will want to drink at least a cup of chocolate milk to prime your pump and give you plenty of energy to tackle a tough workout.
Implement these nutritional tips and tricks ASAP and you’ll never have to worry about feeling fatigued halfway through your workouts ever again!