How often do you hear people say “I’m just too busy to workout” or “I just don’t have the time to workout”? Well I’ve heard it a lot and at times have said it myself, but I can’t emphasize it enough, working out is one of the greatest things you can do for your health and well being.
I’ve said it 1000 times but you will NEVER regret a workout. Your workouts may be challenging at times and you may leave the gym feeling as bad as you did when you arrived, but chances are you’re going to leave feeling better!
Working out provides your brain with chemicals that leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. It boosts your energy, improves your mood, and benefits your health in so many ways. Even though my life is nutso right now, my workouts have kept me sane and have helped me to push into the next day.
Just as important as exercise is to me, fueling myself pre and post workout is also key. Fueling my body for my workouts helps me to get the most out of my workouts and helps me to recover after them.
Currently I am training for the Army 10 Miler and am about halfway through my training program. This past Sunday as I prepared to tackle 6 miles, I really had to think through what I was going to eat before, during, and after my run.
I started the day with an english muffin topped with 1 laughing cow cream cheese wedge, a cup of coffee, and lots of water.
Note: It’s important to fuel your body before your workout with mostly carbohydrates but to also make sure it’s something you can tolerate in your stomach during your workout.
Before leaving for my run I put together two water bottles. In the first bottle I mixed together some AdvoCare Rehydrate, which I drank throughout my run. In the second bottle I mixed together some grape AdvoCare Spark to drink as soon as my run was over.
This was my first time running with Rehydrate and it was absolutely perfect. It helped me to stay hydrated for 6 miles while also providing me with the electrolytes and amino acids I needed to fuel my muscles.
Saturday I tackled the whole 6 miles using the run/walk method. I ran for 2 minutes and then walked for 30 seconds.
Mile 6 was the most challenging for me as I knew I was getting close to the end. Each mile was at or close to the 12 minute mark, which is slow for me, but it was still a great run. It was nice to run slow and steady and to push through 6 miles.
About 45 minutes after completing my run I made myself a post-workout recovery shake. I combined 1 packed of the chocolate powder with some almond milk and enjoyed every last drop!
Post-Workout Recovery tastes like chocolate milk and helps minimize muscle soreness while providing me with the nutrients my muscles need to repair.
Roughly an hour later I made myself a full breakfast, including steak, bell peppers, tomatoes, and 2 eggs. The protein and vegetables were exactly what I was craving and fueled me for the rest of the morning. **Remember I burned 875 calories during my run so refueling is incredibly important!
Usually after a long run I’m pretty much out of commission for the rest of the day. I’m sleepy, my legs are sore, and my lower back is really tight, but I felt really great on Sunday. It really proved to me how important it is to fuel myself pre and post run with the right foods and supplements.
No matter how busy you are, make working out a priority! It’ll take time to adjust but you’ll learn to make it a part of your routine. Whether you’re getting up before work, using your lunch break to workout, or are heading to the gym in the evenings, you will never regret a workout!
In the same way, fuel your body!! You’ll have better workouts by doing so and will be able to ride the wave of awesomeness throughout the day by giving your body what it needs after you workout. Remember, your body is a machine. You have to fuel it properly!
What are your favorite pre and post workout fuels?
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