For the month of June we are counting down 30 Days to Summer with registered dietitian Stefanie Senior. Each day she will reveal a new tip to help you reach your summer health goals. Join the conversation through Live Right Now's Facebook Event, "30 Days to Summer" and share your own tips and successes or post questions and feedback. We will enter your name into a draw for a free Skype nutrition consultation with Stefanie.
Energize pre-exercise Eating the right type of food, in the right amount, at the right time before exercise can help boost energy and physical performance for a casual workout or competition. Aim to drink water and eat 1-3 hours before (if it is a larger meal, then eat it 3-4 hours before) and choose foods high in carbohydrate, moderate in protein and fat, and low in fibre.
a. Pre-workout breakfast example: 1-2 slices whole grain toast, 1 tbsp. almond butter, ½ sliced banana, 1 cup of milk
b. Pre-workout snack example: ¾ cup plain yogurt + ½ cup berries OR a granola bar that's low in fat, salt and processed sugar (I like Kashi's Chewy Granola Bars)
If you are a morning exerciser and must eat within an hour before a workout, opt for something small such as a banana, a healthy granola bar or cup of milk.