Portland, OR (PRWEB) February 21, 2012
With so many energy drinks on the market these days the body sometimes needs real food in order to complete rigorous physical activity. Having caffeine or other energy enhancing supplements may work in the short term, but when it comes to endurance activities, weight lifting and high intensity interval training, a quick real food snack can be the solution to give the body the nutrition it needs at that moment in time.
A Pre Snack Workout
If someone is in need of a snack prior to a workout, following foods on the low glycemic index will provide better options because of the peaks and valleys of glucose in the blood. A simple food like an apple is great because it provides the proper amounts of nutrients to not only wake up somebody, but it will supply the body with the right amount of carbohydrates it needs to get the activity started.
A Snack During a Workout
A great snack during a workout can range from eating a small banana with a little bit of peanut butter to a cheese stick with some crackers. There are times when the body is exercising so hard during a fitness training or exercise event that it needs a certain amount of carbohydrates and protein to maintain that level of intensity, or the person will bonk. The human body will let a person know when it needs carbohydrates, fat and even protein, especially during intense exercise or competition. This can also vary for fitness events or recreational excursions where high altitude and elevation gain is a variable.
Post Workout Snack
This is one of the most important meals an athlete or fitness enthusiast will need to ingest after working out. It is crucial that carbohydrates and protein are put back into the body within one hour after exercising. This will help in overall recovery of the main muscles that were being used during the activity, and to put back any important nutrients and electrolytes that were lost due to expiration and perspiration. This can be in the form of a recovery drink which is a 4 carbohydrates to a 1 protein ratio, or a small snack that can consist of a cheese stick and a brown rice tortilla, or whole grain crackers and low fat cottage cheese.
The purpose is not to rule out liquids, because recovery drinks play a huge role in post workout supplementation. The reasoning is that sometimes the body just needs to ingest carbohydrates in the form of food, versus liquids or gels. It is totally understood that when doing a marathon or ultra endurance event, the creativity of what is being ingested will vary among fitness individuals, but all of them will intake some kind of food before, during and after an intense workout or fitness event.
If more information is needed about other specific foods for these three phases of exercising, please consult a personal trainer, registered dietitian or a nutritionist for helpful hints and other food options that can be great additions to the ones mentioned already.