Quick Tip: Fuel Your Workout

Whether you're just hitting the elliptical after work or attempting a triathlon, what you eat before and after you workout is important. Food provides calories for energy and that’s what keeps you moving -- but be mindful of where these calories are coming from.

Whether you're just hitting the elliptical after work or attempting a triathlon, what you eat before and after you workout is important. Food provides calories for energy and that’s what keeps you moving -- but be mindful of where these calories are coming from.

Remember these quick tips:

• Before: Eat simple carbohydrates (fruit, dry cereal or non-fat yogurt) 1-2 hours before you begin your workout.

• During: If you exercise more than 3 hours, replenish yourself with fruit or sports drinks.

• After: Eat a combination of carbohydrates and protein to replace energy stores and repair muscle tissue.

What are some of your favorite things to nibble on pre- or post-workout?
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