Before exercising, it’s important to fuel your body for the work that it’s about to do. If you don’t eat before a workout or eat very little, it will likely lead to quick fatigue and weakness due to low blood glucose.
On the other hand, consuming too much food before exercise may cause stomach discomfort, nausea or cramping. The timing of meals can also affect energy levels during exercise. So what should you eat before a workout and when should you eat it?
Many people want to start a strength training routine but aren’t sure how to do so, or what to do. If you’re completely new to strength training, you’ll want to start out easy. Never push yourself until you’ve done this awhile and know when you can push yourself.
The terms strength training, weight training and resistance training can be used synonymously. It’s generally a personal preference as to the terminology people use.
Before we get into the strength training basics, let’s look at some of the benefits of this type of exercise.
On the surface, sugar and salt seem like two innocuous minerals that improve the taste of food. In fact, when taken in moderation at the recommended levels, sugar and salt can be beneficial to maintaining a healthy body.
But sugar and salt have an insidious side that when eaten in excess, can raise havoc with your energy levels.
It’s a common misbelief that you should feel tired after a workout. And in some cases, it’s true. However, when done properly, exercising can actually leave you with more energy than when you started.
Our bodies are very efficient machines. They only do as much work as necessary. If our energy demand is low, so will the production of energy to meet that demand. At the heart of energy production are little “energy factories” called mitochondria within each cell. Basically their job is to take food and turn it into energy to fuel our body. The more energy we use, the harder mitochondria work to meet the energy demand – up to a point.
So if you’re feeling completely spent after a workout, it could be from any of these reasons.