Fuelling Your Workouts: Pre and Post-Exercise Nutrition Tips

Fuelling Your Workouts: Pre and Post-Exercise Nutrition Tips

To optimise your PBB workout performance and overall well-being, it's crucial to fuel your body with the right nutrients. In this blog post, I have provided you with guidance on pre and post-workout nutrition, offering snacks and meal ideas that provide sustained energy, promote gut health, aid in muscle recovery and support that radiant and glowing skin we all want. Let’s dive into it.

Pre-Workout Nutrition Tips:

Balance is key. Aim for a combination of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats in your pre-workout snack or meal. This combination provides sustained energy and helps prepare your body for the physical demands of your Pilates, barre or yoga class. 

Snack ideas: Whole grain toast with nut butter and banana slices (my personal favourite), a greek yoghurt parfait with berries and granola or a small smoothie made with fruits, vegetables and a scoop of protein powder.

Meal ideas: A quinoa bowl with grilled chicken or tofu, mixed vegetables and avocado, or a whole grain wrap filled with lean protein (such as turkey or grilled salmon), greens and hummus.

Timing matters. Consume your pre-workout snack or meal 1-2 hours before your PBB class. This allows sufficient time for digestion and nutrient absorption, ensuring you have the energy you need during your workout.

Hydrate adequately: Remember to drink enough water before your workout to stay hydrated. Proper hydration supports your overall performance, aids in digestion and contributes to healthier skin.

Post-Workout Nutrition Tips:

Repair and replenish. After a workout, it's essential to provide your body with the nutrients it needs for muscle recovery and repair. Include both carbohydrates and protein in your post-workout meal or snack.

Snack ideas: A protein shake with fruits and a handful of nuts or a slice of whole grain bread topped with avocado and smoked salmon.

Meal ideas: Grilled chicken or fish with roasted sweet potatoes and steamed vegetables, a quinoa salad with mixed greens, chickpeas and a drizzle of olive oil, or a veggie omelette with one piece of whole grain or sourdough toast.

Anti-inflammatory foods for glowing skin. Incorporate foods rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties into your post-workout nutrition plan to support healthy, glowing skin. These include fruits and vegetables like berries, leafy greens, tomatoes and bell peppers.

Try having a colourful salad with mixed greens, berries, walnuts and I like adding a citrus-based dressing to boost my skin's radiance.

Gut-friendly choices. To promote a healthy gut, include foods rich in fibre, probiotics and prebiotics. These nourish your gut microbiome, aiding digestion and nutrient absorption.

Snack ideas: a bowl of greek yoghurt with a sprinkle of granola and sliced bananas or a smoothie with spinach, kefir or yoghurt and a tablespoon of ground flaxseeds.

Optimal nutrition plays a crucial role in enhancing your performance during Pilates, barre, and yoga classes. By following these pre and post-workout nutrition tips, you'll provide your body with better sustained energy, support muscle recovery, promote gut health and nurture that radiant, glowing skin. Remember, everyone's nutritional needs vary, so it's essential to listen to your body and make adjustments based on what works best for you. These tips are simply from me and work for me, which is why I wanted to share them. Fuel up, sweat it out at PBB and embrace the incredible benefits of nourishing your body from within.

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