Preparing Your Body For Exercise

food for exercise fuel

We’ve spent quite some time emphasizing how important exercise is to keep your body healthy. Now, we want to offer a little insight on how to properly fuel your body for activity.Don’t skip the carbs.Many people believe that carbs should be avoided at all costs. However, this is not the case, especially if you are beginning to develop a steady exercise routine.Your body needs carbs for energy. The mistake many people make is choosing the wrong type of carbs. Since all carbs aren’t created equal, you want to stay away from carbs that are overly processed. Try to stick to good carbs like sweet potatoes and brown rice. Even an apple can offer a good dose of carbs and energy right before a workout.Fuel at the right time.The time that you eat matters almost as much as what you eat. You want to give your body enough time after you eat to digest the nutrients in your meal to give you energy.The best time to eat is anywhere from 30 minutes to four hours before your workout. The exact time is really up to you because everyone is different. Listen to your body for optimal results. If eating too close to a workout makes you nauseous, space your meals a little farther out.Keep it light.Right before a workout, it’s never a good idea to eat a heavy meal. The heaviness in your belly will certainly slow you down. For some people, the fullness can even lead to nausea.Because of this, it’s a good idea to eat light if you like to eat right before a workout. A medium sized banana or a serving of oatmeal will be plenty if you’re intending to workout within the next hour. If you like to wait a bit longer between meals and workouts, more is fine.It’s also a good idea to train your body to use fat for fuel. That means occasionally exercising on an empty stomach. The easiest way to go about this is to roll out of bed and go. If exercising on an empty stomach worries you a little, you can pack a snack for a mid-workout boost. A small apple or banana is perfect for this.As you develop the eating habits to go along with your new workout routine, it’s good to get routine imaging scans to make sure your body is on the up and up. For this, you can schedule an appointment with Steinberg Diagnostic. This friendly Las Vegas radiology staff  will to their best to provide you with the utmost care. For more information about your radiology options in this city, contact 702.732.6000.

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