Staying healthy while exercising

Emily Gushrowski, Feature Writer

Nutrition is important in fitness to promote a healthy diet and lifestyle during exercise.  Good dietary decisions are needed to keep people healthy while they complete exercises to strengthen their body or lose weight.  

Breakfast is a daily necessity for a person to obtain the energy and nutrients needed to exercise.  Nutritious workout snacks or energy bars, such as Cliff Bars, can help maintain energy and nutrient levels.  Skipping breakfast may leave a person feeling lightheaded or lethargic while working out.  Instead of eating cereal that is high in sugar, cereals made from whole grains that are high in fiber.  Pair toast with an egg or peanut butter for a source of protein.  

Complex carbohydrates should be chosen over refined alternatives.  Complex carbs are found in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and beans.  Whole grains have more staying power than refined grains because they are digested slower, allowing the full feeling to last longer and fuel to last throughout the day.  

Before exercise, it is important to focus on five things in a pre exercise meal: low fat, moderate in carbs and protein, low fiber, fluids, familiar foods that can be tolerated well.  People should stay clear of fried foods, greasy burgers, and soft drinks.

People should drink 2 cups of water 2 hours before exercise.  If they will be exercising for more than 60 minutes in hot conditions, a sports drink may be the better option to regenerate the body with carbs and sodium during the duration of the exercise.

A well balanced diet allows people to get the calories and nutrients needed everyday for exercise.  

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