Fuel Your Fitness

by Blayne Soriano, Level 2 CrossFit Coach and CrossFit Kids Coach

Fitness and nutrition go hand in hand. Have you ever heard the phrase “You can’t out train a bad diet”? Well, that’s for sure.

Last month I talked about what you put in is what you get out. To further elaborate on that, think of it this way, energy in, energy out.

Ask yourself: “What ways am I fueling my body to produce the best energy in my workouts, and just in my daily life?”

If I’m training four to five times a week, I need to make sure I am getting a healthy macronutrient count to support my fitness goals. From losing weight, gaining muscle, maintaining, athletic performance, I just need to make sure I’m getting the protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats that support me.

Don’t neglect to zero in on the proper foods to fuel your workouts — before, during and after.

Always keep hydrated — including frequent sips of water during any workout.

As possible, two hours before exercising, eat such healthy carbohydrates as whole grain cereals, whole wheat toast, low-fat or fat-free yogurt, whole grain pasta, brown rice, fruits and vegetables.

If you only have a few minutes before exercising, grab an apple or banana.

Afterward, keep up with drinking water, including blending it with 100% juice for the carbohydrates. Eat some protein to help repair and grow your muscles.

I want the best foods to give me the best energy. For example coffee from Starbucks at 3 p.m. on an afternoon isn’t the best choice for a pick me up. Reach for some fresh veggies, hummus, a cold glass of water or/and even a protein shake.

Fitness and nutrition absolutely go hand and hand, and I believe food is the most important thing you do daily!