Eating and Exercise: How to Get the Most Out of Both

Everyone knows that a combination between a healthy diet and an ample amount of exercise is the perfect formula for maintaining a healthy body. Eating and Exercising, DeFalco Family Chiropractic, Auburn, MAHowever, many of us still wonder when we should be eating in relation to when we work out. Is it better to eat a meal thirty minutes before working out, or wait to eat until after the gym? We are here to uncover the answers to these questions.

Type of Exercise

When you should be eating is heavily determined by the type of exercise that you are doing. A brisk walk versus running a marathon will require different amounts of energy, and therefore different amounts of food.

Time of Day

The time of day of your workout also influences when you should eat. If you are an early morning gym buff, then you should definitely have breakfast before you work out. Any food that was in your system from the night before is now gone, and you’ll need something in your stomach to give you energy. Carbs for breakfast are a great way to get an early morning boost if you are exercising for under an hour. Protein-rich foods are better for longer workout sessions. Just be sure to only eat a light breakfast before the workout—if you’re still hungry after then you can have a healthy snack. A sports drink is also great to drink in the morning to raise your blood sugar.

Amount of Time Before Exercising

Eating directly before exercising is never a good idea. While your mother may have made you wait a half hour after a meal before swimming, full meals should have an even bigger gap between when you eat and when you exercise (1-2 hours). If it’s been over three hours since your last meal, it’s a good idea to have a light snack so that your body has enough energy to perform well.

After a Workout

It is also important to eat after a workout, within at least two hours exercising. Protein and carbohydrates will help replenish the body’s glycogen. Sports drinks are also great for achieving this.

Don’t forget to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout. This is perhaps even more important that feeding your stomach. Being fully hydrated helps you get more out of your workout and keeps your body happy.

At DeFalco Family Chiropractic, we are focused on bodily health and the best practices to ensure that your body is feeling great. If you would like to know more about what we can do to help you improve your body’s functions, please contact us today.

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