Some people use the winter as an excuse to do some human hibernating—you know, staying in, ordering food, binging on Netflix. But this year, “it’s too cold outside to stay fit” is no excuse! Find out how to fuel your fitness after the jump.
1. Fuel your fitness routine with a smart snack.
About an hour before your workout, eat a proper pre-workout snack. Look for a combination of a carbohydrate for quick energy and protein for longer-lasting energy. Simple, smart combinations include non-fat yogurt topped with granola, apples, and peanut butter, a veggie omelet with one slice of whole wheat toast or reach for half a granola or energy bar.
2. After a workout, replenish the body.
With muscle re-building protein and hydrating electrolytes, you can easily replenish your body. Nuts, beans, and yogurt are all good ways to get protein, and electrolytes are in just about all whole foods, including fruits and vegetables. Plus, make sure to stay hydrated! If you need to add a bit more excitement to your post-workout hydration routine, we suggest packing your favorite flavored sparkling water.
3. Fill up on a big salad.
Vegetables, especially greens, are naturally low in calories and high in nutrients. Broccoli and leafy greens, for example, are about 15 calories per serving. Keep your refrigerator stocked with great quality produce that you love to eat, and mix and match your favorite fruits and vegetables to create new salads.