Simple Diet and Fitness Tips
Diet and workout tips that work
We all want to be our fittest selves, but with so much advice floating around out there, it can
be hard to hone in on what healthcare tips actually work. To make your life a bit easier
rounded up a number of our go-to healthy strategies, to help you reach your most ambitious fitness
goals even quicker.
Say hello to H20
Whether you're heading off to spin class, boot camp, or any other exercise, it's always important
to hydrate so you can stay energized and have your best workout. Electrolyte-loaded athletic drinks,
though, can be a source of unnecessary calories, so "drinking water is usually fine until you're exercising
for more than one hour," says Newgent. At that point, feel free to go for regular Gatorade-type drinks
(and their calories), which can give you a beneficial replenishment boost. But worry not if you like a little
flavor during your fitness: There are now lower- cal sports drinks available, adds Newgent, so look out for 'em in your grocery aisles.
Eat this, run that
When you have a 5- or 10K (you get to eat more with a half or full marathon) on your calendar, it's important to plan
out what you're going to eat the morning of the big day something that will keep you fueled and also go down easy. While
everyone is different, "We always have good luck with a high-carbohydrate breakfast such as a small bowl of oatmeal with
fruit or a couple of pieces of toast with peanut butter or cream cheese," says Andrew Kastor, who also advises eating
around 200 to 250 (primarily carb) calories about 90 minutes before you warm up for your run . And don't worry about nixing
your a.m. caffeine fix on race day. "Coffee is great for athletic performances," Kastor adds, because it makes you sharper
and may even give you extended energy. Talk about buzz-worthy!