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Sports Nutrition: Pre, During and Post Workout

July 25, 2016


You may have noticed, we love the fact that nutrition can dramatically enhance your workouts, enabling you not only to train longer and harder, but also aid recovery too. Sometimes it can be tricky to understand what you should be eating, depending on whether you’re about to workout, you’ve just finished or you need a little boost during.

Here is our guide to sports nutrition, covering all scenarios…

What to eat before a workout…

Before you exercise, it’s important to prepare your body accordingly. For some, working out first thing on an empty tummy is no issue, but if you’re working out any later in the day, by the time your body has woken up and is feeling low on fuel, you need to provide it with something to get the most out of your workout. A body low on fuel may peak earlier, and you may not be able to put as much power or energy into your workout if you don’t first fuel your body.

Eat a small snack around an hour before you train that is high in protein and low glycemic index carbs. Our protein bars are ideal, as are our nut butters spread on rye bread.

What to eat during…

When you are taking part in exercise that requires endurance, such as a 10k, marathon, triathlon or similar, you might find you need to fuel your body as you train as your glucose stores get used up. When this happens, you need something that will offer an instant glucose hit. Lots of people swear by our flapjacks as they provide a quick energy boost, backed up by slow release carbs, to keep you going and ensure you make it to the end of the race!

What to eat after a workout…

After your workout, you need to eat something high in protein, to start the recovery process. When we exercise, particularly with weights, are muscles are damaged. This is how we build stronger muscles, as when they are damaged our body rebuilds them to be stronger, making the body more efficient. In order to aid this recovery process, a meal or snack high in protein is essential. If you’re on the go, a protein bar is ideal, or why not try a chia seed pudding, with chia seeds being high in protein and essential amino acids.

You can get so much more from your workout when you use nutrition accordingly, try these tips to increase progress.