Nutrition is important for fitness

Eating a well-balanced diet can help you get the calories and nutrients you need to fuel your daily activities, including regular exercise.

Get off to a good start

Your first meal of the day is an important one.

Eating a healthy breakfast is especially important on days when exercise is on your agenda.

Skipping breakfast can leave you feeling lightheaded or lethargic while you’re working out.

Choosing the right kind of breakfast is crucial.

Consuming the right kind of carbohydrates is important. Many people rely on the simple carbs found in sweets and processed foods.

Instead, you should focus on eating the complex carbs found in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and beans.

Whole grains have more staying power than refined grains because you digest them more slowly.

Pack protein into your snacks and meals

Protein is also essential for building and repairing muscles, helping you enjoy the benefits of your workout.

It can be a source of energy when carbohydrates are in short supply, but it’s not a major source of fuel during exercise.

 

Boost your fruit and vegetable intake

Fruits and vegetables are rich sources of natural fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other compounds that your body needs to function properly. They’re also low in calories and fat.

Aim to fill half your plate with fruits and veggies at every meal, recommends the

Try to “eat the rainbow” by choosing fruits and veggies of different colors. This will help you enjoy the full range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that the produce aisle has to offer.

Every time you go to the grocery store, consider choosing a new fruit or vegetable to try. For snacks, keep dried fruits in your workout bag and raw veggies in the fridge.

Choose healthy fats

Unsaturated fats may help reduce inflammation and provide calories.

While fat is a primary fuel for aerobic exercise, we have plenty stored in the body to fuel even the longest workouts. However, getting healthy unsaturated fats helps to provide essential fatty acids and calories to keep you moving.

Healthy options include:

  • nuts
  • seeds
  • avocados
  • olives
  • oils, such as olive oil

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