Do you know what to eat before and after your workout? This is a popular question from people just starting out in their fitness journey. Getting your diet on point is a science and any custom to you plans should be created by a registered dietician/nutritionist (remember that!) but there are some general tips and tricks I can share with you to get you started!
What To Eat:
Before – Carbs! Carbs are your friends. I know you’ve heard that carbs are bad and should be avoided if you want to lose weight but I promise, you want a little carbs in your life. Carbs = ENERGY. Good carbs (whole grains/wheats, fruits) turn into the energy your muscles need to push you through a killer workout. You should eat a little something 30-90 minutes before you workout like toast with PB and banana, some oatmeal with berries, crackers or rice cakes.
After – Protein! Protein is what is going to help your muscles repair themselves and grow. When you workout (especially strength train) you make tiny tears in your muscles. Protein helps repair these tears. The sooner you get in some protein after your workout, the better! Some ideas of good protein sources are protein shakes or bars (be really careful they aren’t full of sugar!), lean meats like chicken or fish, eggs, or Greek yogurt.
There ya go! A quick reminder of what to eat before and after your workout. Carbs = Energy, Protein = Repair. Energy before, repair after.
How are we here already? 2016 is quickly coming to an end and pretty soon it will be 2017. A new year, a new start, new resolutions…but why wait for that? December FitCamp registrations are open! Get a jump start on your New Years goals this month.
If you’re new to the Girl Meets Fitness FitCamps, here is what you’ll get:
4 weeks of modifiable workouts that you can do at home or in a gym.
Recipes and nutritional guidance
Online coaching for the month
Access to a private accountability group
We are starting this next FitCamp on December 5th. You can sign up above by clicking on the FitCamps tab. I can’t wait for you to join us!
Hey y’all! It’s been a hot minute since we’ve done a workout here. So, to celebrate the fact that all week here in Alabama it wont get over 90* (yay!) let’s do a JUMP into Fall plyo workout! Today it’s all about the legs. Since Fall is like a gateway into holiday eating and hibernation mode we need to make sure we keep up with the workouts and healthy eating (treats are ok! Just keep it balanced with the good stuff too.) Work on your summer body now! Don’t let summer sneak up on you. Joining the GirlMeetsFitness monthly FitCamps is another way to keep up with your winter workouts! Right now you can get 15% off of your October FitCamp registration with the code OCTFIT.
JUMP into Fall!
What to do:
When you are doing any jumping exercises don’t forget to really focus on a soft landing. No locked/hard knees. Remember that egg toss game where you gently catch the egg so it doesn’t break? Same thing…just feet to ground instead of eggs to hands. Soft. Don’t break yourself! Also, make sure you’re wearing shoes with good support for your jumps.
Do each circuit (2 exercises) 3 times through. Rest for about 1 minute between circuits.
Take extra rest/breathers/water breaks as needed but remember to keep moving as much as possible. We want to keep our heart rates up!