Welcome to week 1 of Super Fiit!
We’re excited to have you onboard. To kick off your 6 week plan, here are some guidelines on what to eat BEFORE you work out.
Eating to improve overall fitness can often be confusing — do we focus on eating for gains, weight loss or flexibility? We’re here to simplify things for you.
Now you’re at the start of your plan, it’s the perfect time to stock up your kitchen in preparation for the weeks ahead. Your body’s fuel demand will change depending on what class you’re taking. So we’ve broken it down for you.
Listen up. You must fuel your body properly for cardio classes as they have a high energy demand. You need foods that release energy faster — like a banana, a medjool date or two, or some roasted sweet potato wedges (super easy if you keep them ready in the fridge).
When you’re prepping for strength classes be sure to load up on protein and fast releasing carbs so you can nail those reps. Proteins help to repair and build muscle, and carbs will give you energy to exert more force!
Ideal meal options before strength classes would be: jacket sweet potato stuffed with tuna, quinoa salad with chicken (check out this simple BBC Good Food recipe) or peanut butter on rye toast.
Eat at least 2 hours before your session. If you’re short on time, grab an apple with peanut butter, a banana protein shake, or Greek yoghurt with sliced banana and a handful of seeds around an hour before the class.
When it comes to Rebalance classes you don’t want to feel bloated or too full. Go for something light such as a date and nut energy ball, hummus and carrot sticks or some Greek yoghurt with cinnamon and some berries. These foods are released more slowly to help sustain energy throughout the class.
Finally, a word on coffee. Is a morning pre-workout coffee a good or a bad habit? As long as you’re not reliant on coffee, don’t drink it on an empty stomach (as it can have a laxative effect) and avoid it if you’re prone to anxiety, then it’s not a bad thing. Try to avoid coffee after 4pm, to ensure you get a restful sleep.
Start the Super Fiit plan with these nutrition guidelines and let us us know how you feel!
Next week: Learn more about the impact of sleep on your fitness.
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