I’ve been asked if I eat or drink anything in particular before going to the gym for an extra boost of energy. Absolutely! If your body isn’t given the right fuel, you’re not maximizing your time spent at exercising. Here are a few recommendations –
1. Nuts. Grab a handful of almonds before heading out the door. Magnesium in nuts helps break glucose down into energy.
2. Bee pollen. The carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins can help keep you going all day by enhancing stamina and fighting off fatigue. Add a spoonful to yogurt and you’ve got a great protein and energy combo.
3. Bananas. You see tennis players eat these on breaks, they’re handed to you at races, they are an athletes friend! With approximately 30 g of carbohydrates and over 450 mg of potassium, they provide energy and minerals for blood-sugar maintenance and proper heart function.
4. Dark Chocolate. Treat yourself! Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants, natural sugars, and natural fats from the cacao bean. This is great incentive to work hard in the gym. Find some dark chocolate covered almonds for an added boost.
5. Avocado. I am a big fan of this green delight and can just scoop out the flesh and eat it with no accompaniments. This good dietary fat provides energy, protects our organs, maintains cell membranes, and helps the body absorb and process nutrients.
6. Water. Yes, the obvious. Many people are not hydrated enough before a work out and are easily fatigued as you start to sweat. Water is your body’s cooling system so replenish, replenish, replenish. All day, every day.
These are just a few suggestions but ultimately you have to find things that work for you. Natural energy boosters are foods high in B vitamins, antioxidants, complex carbohydrates, and other vitamins and nutrients. Take a close look at what you’re doing now and adjust if needed.
Feed the wellness in you!