Smoothies Enhance Exercise
Sally Perkins explains the importance of nutrition before and after exercise.
Nearly 53% of people in the UK workout weekly according to The Standard. Those who do not workout cite tiredness as one of the top reasons that prevent them from hitting the gym and exercising. Preventing and fighting against workout fatigue all comes down to nutrition. Proper athlete nutrition before and after exercise is vital in not only enhancing your workout but finding the motivation and strength to continue exercising. So what is the easiest way to get this nutrition all at once? Try blending it all in a smoothie full of nutrients and antioxidants.
Nourish Your Body
The convenience of smoothies cannot be understated; infusing a variety of nutrient-rich foods together in a tasty concoction is perfect for the athlete on the go. Even better, you can tailor your smoothie ingredients based on your target. You can create smoothies to boost performance with rich vitamins, to help with muscle growth, or even to fight off inflammation. Smoothies are a simple way to get in a variety of nutrient-dense food groups, while providing the body with sustenance to keep going before, during, or after a workout.
Foods to Fuel Your Workout
What should you put in your smoothie? For optimum performance for your workout, you will want to combine multiple food groups. For short and high-intensity activities, opt for a source of carbohydrates to fuel you during exercise. Post-workout higher carb smoothies keep you full and satisfied until your next meal, says Forbes. Bananas, steel-cut oats, pineapples, and strawberries are excellent sources of glycogen and carbohydrates to keep you going. Even better, double-dip by putting berries in your smoothies (both a carb and antioxidant).
For stronger muscles and performance, do not skip out on protein, fat, and irons. Protein promotes muscle groups, and fat also aids in muscle performance. Proteins like nut butter and fats like coconut oil and avocado are great to add into smoothies for a creamy, silky texture. Proteins and fats can help both pre and post-workout says Healthline, and numerous positive effects on the body's response to exercise. Also, supplementing your smoothie with leafy greens like spinach gives the body its much-needed source of iron.
There is no better, more convenient, or even tastier way to help.
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About the Author
Sally Perkins is a professional freelance writer with many years' experience across many different areas. She made a move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family, and travelling as much as possible.