RadioMD: Inherently You with Dr. Holly Lucille

No More Supplements: Boost Your Workout Naturally

January 7, 20159 min
Incorporating wholesome foods before your workout can help increase your energy levels.You might wake up in the morning with the intention to workout. Throughout the rest of the morning, you're feeling confident and ready to sweat it out after work. But, that 2pm crash comes around after lunch and you're slowly losing your motivation to workout.You might be a little hesitant to use supplements, energy drinks or pre-workout formulas, but did you know there are natural ways to boost your energy levels before, during and after you workout?You may think you should avoid eating or drinking anything that will fill you up before you workout, especially if you're aiming for weight loss. Remember, your body is a machine that needs energy to fuel itself throughout the day, especially before working out. Whether you're training for a marathon, 5k or just getting into the swing of your fitness routine, you NEED energy. What should you be doing to help boost your energy before, during and after your workouts?

Focus on protein, electrolytes or carbs
Energy bars up to an hour or two before working out
Endurance gel for those long runs or heavy workouts
A hydrating drink like coconut water to help rehydrate quicker
Whey protein powder helps repair and build muscle
Protein shakes

Rebecca Scritchfield MA, RD, ACSM Health Fitness Specialist joins Dr. Holly to discuss why you should be eating before working out and ways you can boost your energy levels throughout your workout.

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