Before a workout, you should be mainly focusing your meals around carbohydrates and protein. Your body needs carbohydrates to give you enough energy to perform, avoid injury and help you get results. A good protein source will aid in muscle recovery and growth, which is essential to achieve that toned look!
Timing will dictate what and how much food you need. You don’t want to eat too much and feel sluggish during your workout, or eat too little and feel tired.
Simple carbohydrates (eg. bread, pasta and milk) are great to eat 30 minutes to an hour before a workout as they provide the body with fast-acting glucose as fuel. However, if you are eating 2-3 hours before a workout, focus your meal around complex carbs (eg. sweet potatoes, rice and fruit) to give your body a slow-releasing source of energy. This means you’ll be able to work out for longer and be less likely to feel fatigued mid-workout.
Take a look at these three perfect pre-workout meal to give you some inspo next time you attend a Boot Camp session:
- Banana-Eating a banana 30 minutes pre-workout is the perfect way to boost your glycogen stores and increase blood sugar levels — add some peanut butter for that extra protein boost
- Chicken, rice and vegetables:-This classic pre-workout meal will help promote muscle growth and is a slow-releasing source of energy. Consume a meal like this around 2-3 hours before a workout
- Oatmeal :- Porridge contains complex carbohydrates and is also a great source of fibre, excellent to satisfy hunger. Consume this around 2 hours before your workout and throw in some protein powder or peanut butter to get your protein in.
I expect to see all you ladies in tip-top condition at your next Fitter Body Boot Camp session – you’ll be surprised at how much you can achieve when you’ve had a good nutrient-packed pre-workout meal.