OK, Need some good advice . . .

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Well, I have found that after going to the gym I am TIRED! Don't laugh . . . I mean TIRED! What do I need to eat or drink before or right after exercising??? I've only been going for between 45 to 70 minutes so far and mainly doing cardio. I know I SHOULD be tired but this seems a little over and above . . . to where I really don't want to do anything else for the remainder of the day. I eat 3 basic meals plus snacks and I'm eating fruits, veggies, protein, dairy. Am I missing something????
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    These articles from spark are good and might help. One is what to eat "before" a workout and one is what to eat "after" a workout.



    3214 days ago
  • STELLAR185
    Here's some ideas:

    Arrange your meals and snacks so that you get a healthy snack no more than 1 hour before your workout and a good meal no more than 1 hour after your workout. This will give you optimum energy for your exercise and fuel for recovery afterwards. If you know you won't be able to eat after your workout, at least pack a snack to go. Think protein and carbs, like a cheese stick and an apple.

    Try taking a look at your "Daily Calorie Differential" report on a day that you have tracked all your food and exercise. If you have a big deficit (more than 1000 calories), you may need to eat more on gym days. A tall glass of chocolate milk can do wonders after a work out.

    If your deficit isn't huge, then you might need to drink more water. Remember that proper hydration going into your workout is super important. So drink lots before, during and after your workout. As far as sports drinks go, be careful of the sugar content- Powerade Zero is your best choice if you're managing blood sugar.

    If you're fairly new to cardio exercise, you may need to decrease your intensity or duration until your body has adjusted to your new routine.

    And lastly, listen to your body. If you're beat after your workout and your schedule allows it, take a nap!

    Hope this helps!!

    3214 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/6/2009 4:48:54 PM
    if your just starting out its natural to be tired on the days i really push my self hard sometimes i need even a nap just to get through the rest of the day i would give it another week or so and see if you show improvement!!!! and if not then make adjustments to your diet and drink lots of water
    3214 days ago
    try drinking more water and eat a banana everyday after you exercise
    3214 days ago
    Water, water, water.... and maybe so sort of drink like Gatorade. Might want to check with a nutrienist at your doctors office
    3214 days ago
    Maybe try a good protein bar before going? Sometimes that works. I know my problem is going to workout and when I am done I am super hungry!!
    3214 days ago
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