Sunday, May 25, 2008
FOOD AND WATER INTAKE-IS IT BEFORE, AFTER OR DURING MY WORKOUT?
Okay, so I've worked out with a few friends before and with the random people in the gym and let me tell you some of the things I've noticed personally.
When it comes to food some people do some of the most uncommon things I've ever seen. One of them, eating minutes before and right after a workout. I've even seen some who have sat on the bike and inhaled cookies while peddling along.
Sorry to say it, but I could never do that. One time I tried I got sick. All that food and working out like that is crazy. Don't get me wrong, the body does need the energy. I fully believe that as I'm one who believes that women in labor should be able to eat what they want. I also believe that if they bring it back up then who cares, there's a lot more coming out of them then breakfast, lunch or dinner. But when it comes to working out, I just don't think that getting sick is the idea.
For me, I normally eat about an hour before working out and I try to keep it simple and light. Lately though I've been wondering if this was the right thing to do. I look back at what I did during my track and field days and remember eating things such as bananas and peanut butter before the big event. I began to wonder what exactly should I be eating and when should I eat it?
The research that I found states that: 1-2 hours before a workout you should consume 200-250 calories which should consist of a mix of carbohydrates and proteins and that at about 45 minutes to 1 hour after your work out you should consume the same.
Another thing that I noticed that people do at while working out that makes me question what was going through their heads...Not taking in water!
A good example would be just a few days ago when I was busy doing 100 minutes of cardio. For the record, I had already taken in about 10 cups of water by the time I went to the gym. I finished off the 2 cups in my bottle after the treadmill and put 4 more cups in just for the elliptical and bike. I remember looking at the bottle while I was on the bike and thinking, "I'm not going to make it...not...enough....water...." totally dramatic I know but it didn't last long since my mind went into instant shock because as I sat there chugging down my water and worrying about dying of thirst while on a stationary bike, the woman next to me was looking totally confused.
Instantly she picked up her bottle of water, opened it for the first time and took a sip. I couldn't believe it!! I had just spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and this woman was in there before me and she was just now opening up her water. The sip didn't even take her out of the neck of the bottle. I looked around and noticed that no one else was drinking water even though all of them but 2, had been in there before me and I had been in there for almost 40 minutes. So when I got done with the bike I casually walked around the gym.
I don't understand people, honestly I don't. Every machine was filled so about 16 of us were in there and only 4 of us had a water bottle. Mine was a completely empty 33 oz bottle, the one woman next to me and a man who joined in about 5 minutes into my work out had a 20 oz bottle. She left with it more than half full and he left with at least another 8 ounces in his. Another woman had a bottle about the same size as mine and her's was more than half full also.
Do people not drink water?
After I left the gym I got a sip from the fountain and filled my bottle up again and went to the pool for 30 minutes. I didn't drink while in the pool but I did finish up a cup's worth once I got out. I just can't see how people can work up a sweat and do it for so long and not need water. I be too afraid of passing out!
As a reminder, drink about 8 oz of water 1 hour before exercising. I normally have it with my meal and then sip on another throughout the hour before working out. 4-6 oz of water is recommended for ever 15 minutes of working out. For me, I bring about a 32 oz water bottle for my workout and carry an extra water bottle just in case.