10 Great Foods That Power Up Your Body Workout [Infographic]
There are many so-called ‘superfoods‘ around, but are you sure they can really deliver on their claims? To make the most of your workout, your diet should enable you to both build and repair muscles. We’ve found the most energy-boosting, nutrient-packed foods to take your next gym session to the next level.
1. Chia seeds
Did you know that ancient Aztec and Incan warriors would eat chia before going into battle? You’ll be ready for an intensive session with this stamina-increasing food, which can also help heal any muscle tears.
2. Whole eggs
Eggs are high in protein – essential for building and maintaining muscle strength. Make sure you eat the yolk – it’s where the majority of the protein is stored, as well as vitamins A, D and E.
3. Coconut water
There’s an endless choice of sports drinks on the market, but sometimes the simplest choices are the best. Coconut water replenishes electrolytes lost through sweating, keeping you hydrated throughout exercise.
Packed with a host of nutrients, including carbohydrates, protein, fiber and more, nuts keep you going through the longest endurance exercises.
Spinach is great for maintaining fitness as it prevents muscle and bone loss, as well as a whole range of other benefits, including reducing the risks of heart-attack and cancer. Eat your greens!
Avocados are rich in healthy fat, which releases energy to keep you going through sustained exercise.
7. Wild Salmon
Any oily fish is a source for your dose of omega-3 fatty acids, which boost overall health. Wild salmon is also protein-rich (20g per 100g serving).
This food has taken the health world by storm, and for good reason. Known as the ‘king of grains’, Quinoa contains more fiber and protein than either rice or oats.
With a combination of complex carbohydrates and minerals, bananas will provide you with a sustained energy boost, pre or post-workout.
Everyone knows carrots can help you see in the dark. But they’re also ideal for weight loss as they are high in fiber and low-calorie.
Whether you are working out on a treadmill or you’re lifting up heavy weights keep in mind this list… and keep in mind that different activies require different meals too.