The food you eat is just as important to a healthy and balanced lifestyle as your workout routine. Make sure you’re getting the most out of the classes at BellaVita by trying these pre- and post-workout snack ideas. Make sure not to eat too close to class time, or you’ll find yourself uncomfortably full and unable to put all of your energy into the workout.
For a cardio workout like Zumba, have something light like a banana or a serving of pretzels. The carbs will boost your energy and prepare you for the heart-pumping dance moves. After class, rehydrate with a delicious smoothie. You need to restore the water you lose from sweating, and a juice or smoothie is a quick and delicious way to do that. Grab a 25% off coupon for Just Salad and treat yourself to a fruity, nutritious, and refreshing drink.
If you plan on taking a Pilates class, you definitely do not want to have a big meal beforehand; it will make it hard for you to utilize your core correctly, which is essential to Pilates. You will not need a lot of carbs because the muscle-toning moves do not drain glycogen stores as much as a high intensity cardio session. Try a spoonful of peanut butter (or try almond or cashew butter to switch things up) with celery sticks to fuel up on healthy fat, protein, and fiber before your workout. After class, help your muscles recover faster with blueberries mixed into greek yogurt. The combination of protein and antioxidants will eliminate waste products such as lactic acid and reduce delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS.
You want to keep your snacks light for Yoga as well. Munch on a granola bar and some fruit for some protein and fiber to keep your blood sugar levels steady during class so you can fully relax without feeling dizzy or hungry. Afterwards, have a spinach salad with chicken or make yourself a shake with some fruit, vegetables and protein (greek yogurt is great). Try mixing an Eboost Spruce into your juice for an extra kick of nutrients and energy. Leafy green veggies can help lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and improve your metabolism.
Proper pre and post-workout nutrition is important to making sure you are going in the right direction toward your goals. Make sure to give your food time to digest before working out!Eating one to two hours before your class will allow you to put all of your energy into each Zumba routine, Pilates move, and Yoga sequence. It’s also important to fuel up correctly after class to give your body the nutrition it needs to repair itself. Keep these snack ideas in mind for your next class at BellaVita.
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