packed your gym bag
schlepped it to the office, and turned down a happy hour invite. You’re
almost ready to feel the burn — you just need an energy-boosting snack.
exercise of choice, gym fuel isn’t one-size-fits-all. That’s because different
workouts provide different benefits and make different demands on your
body. Anything aerobic (think running, swimming, or dancing) stimulates your heart and breathing rates, boosting cardiovascular health. Anaerobic, strength-training workouts (like squats or using resistance bands) improve muscle tone and flexibility and require a
different type of energy.
holds true, whether you’re lifting weights or perfecting your butterfly stroke: “Do
not forget to drink water before, during, and after exercising,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN,
author of The Flexitarian Diet
and the nutrition consultant for the Chicago Cubs. “Hydration is key to feeling energized and
Now, here's what to chew on.
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