Nutrition and Exercise FAQs

Updated: Dec 30, 2021

Registered Dietitian and owner of Simply Nutrition, Courtney Armstrong, has come to The Workout since the start. As one of our very own, we asked her to advise us on nutrition and fitness, and wanted to share what she told us with all of you guys. Hope these tips are helpful in aiding you to maximize the results from your workouts over here at The Workout!

How long should you wait between eating and working out?

Allow your body 45-60 minutes before a workout to digest food before exercising.

It is recommended to eat a post-workout snack within 45 minutes of your workout.

What's the most important macronutrient before and after a workout?

Fueling your body before a workout will provide you with energy and strength to perform your best. Before a workout, choose foods easily digested, specifically carbs and protein.

Eating after a workout is important to give your body energy to rebuild glycogen stores and repair muscle proteins. Therefore, carbs and protein are important to enhance recovery.

Do you have any specific foods you would recommend?

Pre-workout: Greek yogurt with fruit, protein bar, peanut butter and fruit.

Post-workout: tuna and crackers, peanut butter toast, protein shake, cottage cheese with fruit, yogurt and granola, hard-boiled egg and toast.

How much of an impact do you do you think food has on the ability to work hard during a workout?

As stated above, fueling your body before and after a workout is crucial for your energy, performance, and recovery. Carbohydrates maximize the body's ability to use glycogen to fuel short, high intensity bursts of exercise, while fats fuel for longer exercise sessions. Protein intake improves protein synthesis, prevents muscle damage, and promotes recovery.

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