One of the mistakes I made early in my fitness quest (and in all previous attempts) was failing to understand that the body needs fuel to accommodate increased exercise. And not just any old fuel and not just at any old time.
It’s all very science-y, but thanks to the awesome folks at Greatist, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Take a look at this infographic they kindly published for sharing, or if infographics aren’t your thing, just click on it to go to the original source. Scroll down, and you’ll find the same info in text form.
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It’s amazing what a difference fueling for workouts can make in terms of what you can accomplish! In fact…I don’t recommend you try this at home, but if you attend one of my family’s carb-fest reunion dinners and then take a 4 mile walk, your feet will fly!
On an everyday basis, though, even something simple like a banana or apple will provide an extra boost of energy for a walk or bike ride. If strength training is on your agenda, that same apple or banana topped with a smidge of nut butter is a nice pre-workout snack.
Today was a strength-training day for me, which meant an increased focus on protein. That’s difficult for me, but I’ll end the day at about 90 grams and that’ll have to do. Not surprising to anyone who reads here, but I will have no problem ingesting enough carbs for tomorrow’s walk or bike ride.
Many thanks to the folks at Greatist for sharing their info in such an easy-to-read way, and I hope you found it useful! If not, I hope you at least enjoyed the pretty colors.
Are you careful to fuel your workouts properly? Any problem areas?