Eating and exercise intensity

 

I’m often asked how eating patterns should change when exercise levels are increased.

Whether it’s running, gymming, cycling, surfing or swimming, the answer will ultimately vary from person to person, but keep these 5 things in mind when you’re stepping up the intensity of your workouts:

 

  • The more exercise you do, the more energy your body uses. Increased feelings of physical hunger is your body’s way of saying that energy needs to be replaced. Choosing well-balanced, nutritious meals will give your body what it needs.
  • Some people can exercise on an empty stomach, but if you’re not one of them, then make sure you eat something decent a little while before you exercise. If you’re going into a training session with little to no energy, you won’t be able to maintain the output or push yourself a little harder. You’ll also be ravenous after the workout and want to eat anything in sight!
  • Play around with portion sizes. You might find that slightly larger portion sizes of your normal meals are sufficient, or you might stick to your portion sizes and just add an extra snack in the day.
  • Don’t skimp on the protein. Protein is essential for giving that extra staying power, for building muscle and it also provides a small amount of fat which is used as a source of energy. You can have protein in your meals every day.
  • Water is the best choice for hydration. Relying on fizzy drinks or caffeinated drinks won’t do your body any favours.

Take a look at www.trailrunning.co.za, www.runnersworld.co.za and www.bicycling.co.za for some upcoming events and recipes to try out.

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