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Default Secrets to workout success-How to fuel your body

Having a small, healthy pre-workout snack will not only prevent you from being hungry while you exercise (helping you to focus your complaints on how many lunges your trainer is making you do this week), it will also help prevent low blood sugar and up your muscle and liver carbohydrate reserves. You will have more energy to sustain your workout and less likelihood of feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or disoriented.

Since one of the benefits of physical activity is boosting your energy level, it makes good sense to eat snacks that help do same. Skip candy bars and other treats, heavy foods, and big portions so you don't feel bloated. Instead, choose snacks that are low in fat and fiber, low in simple sugars, and high in carbohydrates. These foods will digest quickly and prepare your body to really work.

Here are some favorite snacks will fuel your body before your workout. Each snack adds up to about 100 calories so you can combine two for a snack that works well for your activity and tastes:

Bob is also adamant that drinking lots of water will help boost your metabolism whether you are working out or not, and encourages exercisers to be mindful of staying well-hydrated. The American Council on Exercise (ACE) and recommends drinking 16 to 20 ounces of water in the few hours before you work out. It is also important to continue to sip while you are exercising, especially if it is hot outside. It's a good idea to drink 7 to 10 ounces every ten to twenty minutes. Make it easy on yourself and find a 20-ounce reusable bottle that you fill with water and aim to drink up during each workout.

Your pre-workout snack can also help you stay hydrated.
Cucumbers, strawberries, watermelon, and salad greens are all low-calorie fresh foods that are naturally packed full of water.
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