During Workout Snacks

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If you have not eaten or consumed enough fluids during the day, you may need a “during” workout snack. Or you may need a snack during a workout lasting more than 60 minutes.

Start with Fluids

Drinking enough water during your workout is essential to replenishing the fluid loss from sweating or muscle burning.

According to Can Fit Pro – most people only drink 1/3 to 2/3 of fluid lost during a workout. Many physically active people lose more than 4.5 litres of water/day.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, it is recommended to drink 2.5 – 5 cups of water per hour workout. Or drink 1 cup (5-10 guls) every 20 minutes.

Consume Carbs

Active people commonly chose sports drinks to prevent dehydration during or after their workout. Sports drinks are high in carbs which are quickly used by the body for fuel, contain sodium and potassium to replenish electrolytes, and encourage the slow absorption of fluid.

The new trend at the gyms today is athletes consuming a teaspoon of honey during their workouts for a quick carbohydrate consumption. The body quickly uses carbs for energy rather than tapping into your protein supply for muscle building.

Other carbohydrate source: jam, date squares, oatmeal cookie, chocolate milk, dried fruit, granola bar, apple sauce, fruit juice)

Now that you have burned off some steam and pumped some iron, it is important to help your body recover from a workout with proper nutrition and fluid intake.

Source: Nutrition and Wellness Specialist Manual – Can Fit Pro


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