(CARLSBAD, CA) – Energy bars, power drinks, gel packs, and powder mixes. It’s a mass market for pre-workout snacks and beverages these days. But, do you really need all these? Not if you’re choosing the right foods.
Eating the right foods is just as important as choosing the right exercises if you want to see results. The lack of proper nutrition can leave you feeling wiped out and depleted before you’ve even hit the peak of your exercise regimen.
Five all-star foods are good choices to fuel your workouts, according to Judi Sheppard Missett, founder and CEO of Jazzercise, Inc. Check out these nutritional powerhouses and choose one or two that work for you.
Oatmeal – Yep, your mom’s old-fashioned oatmeal is just what the trainer ordered to give you a quick burst of carbohydrate energy for your workout session. Just nix the brown sugar and substitute vitamin-rich blueberries and strawberries on top.
Eggs – If fears of high cholesterol are keeping you away from a morning scramble, you may want to rethink your ban on eggs. One egg contains only 78 calories, and it packs a mean punch of amino acids. Even better, an early morning egg helps ward off hunger throughout the day. A Saint Louis University study showed that women who chose eggs rather than a bagel in the morning ate 260 fewer calories during the remainder of the day.
Double A (Apples & Almonds) – Combine an apple and a handful of almonds for an ideal pre-workout snack. The apple offers fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Meanwhile, the almonds will help sustain your energy throughout the workout because they’ll slow down the entrance of sugar into your bloodstream.
Fish – Eating omega-3 fatty acids not only decreases your chances of having a heart attack, but also improves lung function for your workouts, according to a recent Japanese study. Unfortunately, most of us don’t get enough omega-3s in our diet. Try fatty fish, such as herring, mackerel, trout, or salmon. A three-ounce serving of salmon delivers a full gram of omega-3 fatty acids at only 156 total calories.
Yogurt – Sorry, we’re not talking the frozen kind with a scoop of Oreos on top! But, plain, low-fat yogurt is a winner when you’re trying to fuel your workout. That’s because yogurt is packed with calcium, and we lose calcium when we sweat. Don’t get the flavored packages, however, because the added sugars will spike your blood sugar, then cause you to crash. Opt to put your own fresh berries into a cup of plain yogurt instead.
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.