10 things to eat pre-workout

10 things to eat pre-workout

Recently a good friend of mine came to me and said she wanted to start going jogging in the morning and asked me if she should eat before going, and if so, what she should have. I typically like having something small like a banana or protein bar before a workout, but once I really thought about it I had to ask myself “is that the best thing I can be doing for my body?” So, I did a little research to better educate myself and hopefully provide others with some helpful guidance as well.

There’s a lot of debate in the fitness community about whether or not you should eat before working out. I do, my husband doesn’t, and we both make progress in the gym. At this point, I want to say it’s personal preference, but if you’d like to do further research into this or give me some hard evidence I will gladly take it. Anyway, if you do make the decision to eat before working out you want to make sure you have something with good balance of carbs or protein to help you sustain energy. Here are 10 good snack options for you to nosh before hitting up the gym;

  1. Bananas
  2. Oatmeal
  3. Fruit smoothies
  4. Chickpeas
  5. Egg Whites
  6. Dried Fruit
  7. Whole grain toast
  8. Brown rice
  9. Chicken breast
  10. Greek yogurt

What are some of your favorite pre-workout snacks? Share them below!

Also be sure to check out my article on post-workout snacks!

 

Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa

This was my first time making mango salsa, and I must say I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I’m not a fan of spicy food at all, and while this turned out a little spicy for my taste buds it still has fantastic flavor and I’ll probably modify it in the future to be a bit more mild.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 peeled and chopped mango.
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped bell pepper (I used red).
  • 1 chopped green onion.
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro.
  • 1 finely chopped jalapeno.
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice.
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. If you would like a juicier or finer cut salsa you can place everything in a blender or food processor.

Enjoy!

Original recipe from Allrecipes.
How Fitness Changed My Life

How Fitness Changed My Life

If you’ve read my past blogs than one thing you would know about me is that I’ve been incredibly lazy for most of my life. Eat, work, sleep, repeat, more or less. There was no semblance of any physical activity in my life. I started this blog about a year ago with the intention of that being the beginning of my fitness journey, and while it was, I’ve fallen off the wagon a few times. I’ve been going steady for about 3 months now. If I had known then what an impact working out and trying to be healthier was going to have on my life, I probably wouldn’t have kept giving up. Here’s a few reasons why:

  1. My skin- I’ve suffered from pretty bad acne for a majority of my life. I’ve tried so many over the counter and prescription products and nothing ever helped. When I first started to workout regularly I started to have terrible flare ups, but now that I’m past those my skin looks the best it has in 15 years.
  2. Confidence – I think almost every woman has had the days where she feels like nothing fits her right, her hair looks terrible and her makeup just won’t seem to apply correctly. That was every day for me. My self confidence has been so incredibly low for years that it had nowhere to go but up, and that it has. I used to be that girl who went to the gym in full makeup, not anymore. That’s not to say I don’t on occasion when I’m having a tough time but most days it doesn’t feel necessary anymore, heck I’ll even go grocery shopping after the gym now instead of rushing home to try to make myself look more presentable. I only expect my confidence to keep improving over time as I come closer to achieving the body I’d like to have.
  3. Relationships – My husband has been an avid gym goer for years. Its something he tried to get me into but it was always to no avail because it was a choice I had to make for myself. Since I started my journey he’s been kind of like a trainer for me and it’s actually helped create an even stronger bond between us. I’ve met some pretty cool people in the gym too. I

    This is just what I’ve experienced so far with a few months of being consistent about my lifestyle change and I’m excited to see what’s still in store for me. 

    Why Proper Running Shoes are Important 

    Why Proper Running Shoes are Important 

    When I first started on my fitness journey the first thing I did was start running regularly. I found that I was constantly in pain afterwards, at first I thought it was just because I was terribly out of shape. It took a month or so for me to realize that my shin splints and knee pain weren’t normal. First I tried Dr Scholls Active Series insoles and they seemed to help for a week or so before I was back to square one.I tried running in my Addidas, and I’ve ran in my Nikes and neither provided any relief. I kept having to take time off from running because of the excruciating pain that would radiate through my legs every time I put sole to pavement. I knew that if I wanted to accomplish my goal of running a 5k in the near future that I absolutely had to try to find a solution for this. 

    Does any of this sound familiar to you? If it does, take the time to go to a local footwear company of yours ASAP. I promise you won’t regret it. I went to the Asics store and had a stride analysis done. All this really entails is a store associate watching you walk barefoot to evaluate your foot fall. A lot of employees at running speciality stores are trained to do this. After having my analysis done I was told that I over pronate pretty severely. Pronation is a natural motion of the foot but depending on your foot arch you could over pronate or under pronate which can cause shin splints and joint pains. 

    Over pronation affects about 85% of people so don’t feel ashamed if you’re one of them. A proper pair of shoes can seriously change your running game. I highly recommend Asics. I’ve been a Nike girl for years and I’ll never go back after putting my Asics to the test, different things work for everyone though so figure out what’s best for you. If a new pair of shoes is not in your budget right now, at least try to get a stride analysis done and try some well structured insoles and compression socks. Please try to get running shoes that are properly suited for you as soon as possible though. A proper running shoe can greatly reduce your risk of injury and can even help improve your stride. No, good running shoes aren’t cheap. I was lucky enough to find my Asics on a clearance rack for $50 but usually you’ll be likely to spend $100+ for a pair of well structured running shoes. Cheap is not always good! 

    I hope this helps some of my fellow beginning runners out there, if you have anymore helpful tips or tricks drop them in the comments, sharing is caring! 

    Happy running!

    -Hailey

    Happy Holidays!

    Happy Holidays!


    Hey everyone! I just wanted to drop in and say Happy Holidays to everyone and give you a few pointers to help stick to your goals today. 

    1. Get your fill of protein so you’ll be less tempted to fill up on sweets and other snacks.
    2. Stay hydrated! It can be easy to get caught up drinking all the wine and egg nog, but getting in your water for the day is always super important.
    3. Don’t let your few cheat meals over the holiday weekend turn into a week of eating horrible.
    4. Try to snack on healthy things between meals. Go for the carrots instead of the fudge.

    Most importantly though, enjoy your time with your friends and family!