The benefits of exercise cannot be over-emphasized. From getting a longer lifespan, the prevention of some diseases to a better-looking body, the list of its benefits is endless. The trick to getting the most out of a workout is knowing how to fuel your body right. This will not only help your body adequately replenish itself but it will also help in building the toned muscles you aim to get.

We have compiled these four tips that will help you get the most out of every workout.

  1. Never skip breakfast

This is for people who plan on exercising in the morning. Be sure to get up early enough to eat first as your blood sugar may be low. If you plan to exercise within an hour after breakfast, eat a lighter meal or drink something to raise your blood sugar. To get the most energy, take a meal high in carbohydrates. Do not forget to add protein too. This will help keep hunger at bay during your long runs.

  1. Take a snack along

Snacks eaten right before running can help keep your blood sugar up and prevent distracting hunger pangs. Do this if you plan to work out several hours after a meal.

  1. Refuel after you exercise

Eat a snack or meal within two hours after you exercise. This is to help your muscles recover. When going for a meal choice, think about protein and carbs.

  1. Stay very hydrated

This is very vital. Drinking enough water before, during, and after exercise is important to preventing dehydration. While water is the fluid of choice, if you’re exercising for more than 60 minutes, consider a sports drink to help maintain your body’s electrolyte balance.

The health information provided under this program is for educational purposes only. It is not medical advice and is not intended to be a substitute for proper medical care provided by a doctor.

Leadway Health assumes no responsibility for any circumstances arising out of the use, misuse, interpretation, or application of the information provided. Individuals are encouraged to consult with their doctor for appropriate examinations, treatment, testing, and care recommendations, including before undertaking a new diet or exercise program.