Eating and drinking nutritious foods can help you build muscle and sustain enough energy for tough workouts.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises:
- Eat plenty of carbs before a muscle-building workout.
- Skip energy gels, bites and drinks unless you’re an athlete training hard for longer than an hour at a stretch. For the average exerciser, healthier foods and water can replenish fluids and electrolytes.
- Eat breakfast before your workout to give you energy. Don’t use exercise as an excuse to eat unhealthy fare.
- Choose foods that balance proteins and carbohydrates, such as half a turkey sandwich on whole wheat, yogurt or a glass of chocolate milk.