Eating for Exercise

Do you ever find yourself dozing off mid-day and reaching for a chocolate bar to keep going? It's not just the amount of sleep you're getting each night that impacts your energy levels but the type and amount of food you consume. Did you know that fatty foods with high sugar content leave you feeling fatigued because they take longer to digest? Here we take a look at smarter foods used to fuel your body leaving you feeling fit and active. 

Carbohydrates 

This food group has received a bad reputation over the years. But before you swear off bread for life, it's important to understand that not all carbs are the same. Carbohydrates offer an essential form of glucose, which is the best energy for the brain and central nervous system - two of the body's vital organs. Find these foods in wholemeal breads (yes, this is healthy), fruits vegetables, sweet potatoes etc. 

Always eat breakfast 

It's the most important meal of the day. So why do so many go without their morning munch? People skip breakfast for varying reasons, from not feeling hungry first thing in the morning to believing it will make them drop a dress size. It's a well-documented fact that breakfast can actually leave you satisfied and prevent feelings of hunger later in the day. Eating a breakfast with plenty of protein and complex carbohydrates will give your body all it needs in terms of energy and kick start your metabolism so you can start burning more calories.

Eat less, more often

If you've ever spent an afternoon lounging on the couch post Sunday lunch, you'll appreciate the instant feeling of hunger waking up. When we over indulge in tasty treats our body sends signals to our brain asking it to slow down the digestive process. The more you put in the harder your digestive system has to work and the less energy you will have. There is a simple fix and that starts with portion sizes. Opt for a smaller plate next time you lunch, as well as drinking between mouthfuls to speed up the process. Controlling your meals could mean having the option to snack on light bites later. 

Give yourself a quick boost

As we all know, the best way to keep fit is to exercise regularly but often the energy to tie up those trainers and go for a run eludes us. The best thing to do here is to go in search of carbohydrates, such as sugars which provide energy to the muscles in the quickest way possible. This doesn't mean chowing down on chocolate or raiding the biscuit cupboard. Rather take advantage of high fibre foods, like dried fruits, smoothies and natural yoghurt topped with honey. These will give you a lift, without filling you up. 
We hope to have explained the benefits of healthy eating. Now you're feeling energised and ready to exercise, why not visit our largest indoor trampoline park, Jump Nation. We offer unrivalled high-flying fun with large trampoline rooms and fitness classes.



Published by Jump Nation on June 24, 2015 at 3:10 PM

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