One of my favorite sessions at The Healthy Living Summit was “Fueling for Fitness,” hosted by the fabulous and legit dietitians Heather and Rebecca. Too often I know I focus on prep before a workout, well kiddies it’s time to focus on getting through a run and paying close attention to post-workout recovery. Your fueling goals are to provide energy for your workout, prevent dehydration and optimize your recovery; all which depend upon the frequency and intensity of your training. Make sure you are balancing your needs based on your specific plans.
What might interest your inner runner/fitness guru:
- Pre-workout aim to have a meal or snack 1 to 2 hours prior to doing your thang. Fresh or dried fruit is a nice option.
- Drink a cup of water before exercising. I am sure many of you know that by the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated.
- Have a few ounces of fluid before and during the workout, hence water stations every two miles.
- If you’re aiming for an hour or more of exercise, you are going to need a proper sports drink to replenish the electrolytes and carbs you’ve lost.
- Post-workout you can enjoy a nice glass of chocolate milk, a healthy balance of carbs and protein. Moovelous.
Anne has a
fannetastic solid recap of this session as well that y’all should check out. Overall, it’s about what works for your body. Not everyone can handle the gels or the power bars. Fill up on smart foods. Heather noshes on honey packets during a big race, smart huh? Training is somewhat of an all day process, it doesn’t start and stop during a workout.
I am naughty about post-workout recovery and this helped raise my awareness and ensure I am recovering in the right way. I have also instituted a rule: every mile I run equals a 30 second to a minute of stretching. My calves and hip have been cranky.
Here are a few more purdy pics from the summit courtesy of Arnold and Oroweat Bread. I already eat that bread on a daily basis, glad to know I am making a good choice.
What’s your favorite fueling tip that you swear by?
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