At our Kansas City gym we’re not just interested in how fit you are. Because in order for our exercise programs to work – or at least in order for YOU to get the most out of them – you have to be filling your body with the right foods too.
That’s food that will not only give you the energy boost to get through and enjoy your exercise classes, but snacks that will make burning calories easier and get you towards that toned and fit body you’ve come to our class in the first place to achieve.
But of course it’s not just about what you eat, but also when.
So, before coming along to our exercise class and boot camp, what should you have snacked on?
- One of the top foods to have filled up on is the stuff your mom made you eat as a child. Yep, you can’t go far wrong with lentil soup for carbs, protein, B vitamins, calcium and lots of other lovely energy-giving nutrients. Eat a bowl a couple of hours before class and you’ll be all set.
- You’ll be pleased to hear we’re also big fans of pasta. That’s because the complex carbs in them, several hours before a class, will give you all the energy you need thanks to the glycogen you’ll be able to store in your muscles. Whole wheat is best because it takes longer to digest.
- Don’t think we’re nuts to suggest this but a handful of brazils, cashews, almonds, or pecans can fire you up prior to a workout thanks to those fab essential fatty acids such as omega 3 and omega 6. Incidentally – they’re also great for your skin and hair. Double boost!
- We love our yogurt here at this Kansas City gym. The natural and sugar-free variety is packed full of mighty magnesium. This mineral helps your body use protein and carbs for your workout and is great if you plan to do a bit of weight lifting.
- Bananas are another source of excellent carbohydrate and packed full of potassium. This important mineral isn’t stored in the body for long which is why it’s good to have a banana after a workout when your body will have used up its existing levels.
- And finally, one of those handy carbohydrate gel packs wouldn’t be a bad idea, especially for the type of intense work out you can expect at our Kansas City gym. These little packs of concentrated energy are quickly absorbed into the blood stream so you’ll come to class just raring to go.
What sort of energy-boosting foods would you recommend to our keen boot campers?