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Workout Fuel

by Latisha Porter (follow)
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It is important to have the right workout fuel before, during, and after your workout.

Before your workout, remember that your body needs carbohydrates. It is best to avoid protein, fat, fiber, and sugar alcohols, all of which can cause slow digestion, cramps, and sluggish energy levels.

During your workout, consider drinking plenty of water or a sports drink to boost your energy levels, promote hydration, and balance electrolytes in the body.

After your workout, your body needs mostly carbohydrates (to replenish glycogen stores in the muscles), some protein (to help repair damaged muscle tissue), and a little fat (for cellular repair).

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Here are snacks that provide energy, nutrition, and flavor in a convenient, budget-friendly package that can be used before, during, and after workouts:

Fresh fruits apples, oranges, pears, plums, grapes, bananas
String cheese
Whole grain crackers
Whole grain bagels
Whole grain muffins
Homemade trail mix
Homemade granola bar
Packaged granola bars
Carton of low-fat milk
Graham crackers and peanut butter

Always remember that your nutritional needs must be met before, during, and after your workouts in order for your body to adjust and repair properly so keep this list of snacks available at all times.

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