Health Tip: Balancing Exercise and Nutrition

(HealthDay News) -- Eating and drinking nutritious foods can help you build muscle and sustain enough energy for tough workouts.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises:

  • Eat plenty of carbs before a muscle-building workout.
  • Skip energy gels, bites and drinks unless you're an athlete training hard for longer than an hour at a stretch. For the average exerciser, healthier foods and water can replenish fluids and electrolytes.
  • Eat breakfast before your workout to give you energy. Don't use exercise as an excuse to eat unhealthy fare.
  • Choose foods that balance proteins and carbohydrates, such as half a turkey sandwich on whole wheat, yogurt or a glass of chocolate milk.

-- Diana Kohnle

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