A good workout, in which you perform at your best and stretch your body to its limits, depends on many things. One of the important factors — and one that is often overlooked — is the food you eat before you exercise. Consuming the right things can contribute greatly towards a great exercise session — so before your next workout, eat any of the following eight foods.
- Pasta. Popular with many top athletes, pasta is easy to digest because it has lots of carbohydrates. Healthy carbs move through the digestive system quickly, giving your body energy fast. The starchy carbohydrates found in pasta will both help you start off strong, and provide you stamina to persevere later. Since pasta is so rich in carbs, there’s no need to eat more than a small portion.
- Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt has massive amounts of protein. While not particularly important to aerobic exercise, significant stores of protein are required for strength training, making Greek yogurt perfect for muscle-building exercises. Plus, Greek yogurt contains valuable minerals and nutrients like calcium.
- Cereal with milk. The ideal pre-exercise meal combines carbohydrates and protein together. Most cereals are rich in carbs, and milk has lots of protein. Milk has the added advantage of being a liquid, so it will help you stay hydrated while you exercise. Some research has even indicated that milk can promote muscle growth. For cereal, choose brands that are low in sugar and, preferably, made with whole grains.
- Salmon. This fish is a lean protein, making it a great way to build muscle. Salmon is also chock-full of amino acids (the building blocks of protein), which also help increase muscle. Plus, salmon is fantastically healthy for you whether you are working out or not, thanks to the fish’s high level of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to protect from many different diseases, and can