Energize Pre-Exercise

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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. 

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