4th January 2017 by Jess
We all have completely different genetic makeups, fitness goals (i.e. fat loss, competition, muscle building, maintenance, or general health), workouts, lifestyles, and metabolisms so any information you read on exercising for workouts needs to be taken with a pinch of salt!
As a starting point, the following rules apply, but know that your body is unique and the best way to tell if these principles are working for you is to try them
and listen to your body. Then you can course-correct.
The answer to all these questions will all steer your meal choices and pre and post-workout fuel.
Depending on your chosen workout, you might not even need a pre or post-workout aid. If your exercise consists of low-moderate pace walking, cycling or swimming for under 30 minutes then your body can likely hang on until your next meal.
If on the other hand, your bout of exercise involves heavy weight lifting, HIIT, circuit training or any other high intensity exercise or your goal is to gain muscle, then having a pre-workout snack will ensure you have ample energy and can recover efficiently afterwards.
By Jess, graze nutritionist.
Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to her website at jessntom.com for even more.
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