Those who are looking to lose weight, or build up muscle, will know very well that working out and exercising is a key factor in achieving your goals. Although you may be hitting the gym three, four or five times a week you may not be feeling the full benefits of a work out. The fact is, your diet will have a big impact on your work out performance and the goals you are trying to achieve. Here are some of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to your diet and exercising.
Make Your Own Soups and Smoothies
Fresh fruit and vegetables are guaranteed to make you feel healthier and have a positive impact on your work out performance. Not everyone enjoys cooking or eating meat and two veg for every meal time, so there is an alternative. Making your own soups from seasonal vegetables, or smoothies from fruit and veg is a great way of getting your 5 a day. All you really need is a food blender and a selection of your favourite fruits and vegetables. You can enjoy a smoothie for breakfast, soup for lunch and then whatever takes your fancy at dinner. A smoothie before or after a workout is also much better for you than a protein shake or energy drink.
DON’T Rely on Microwave Meals
Although you may not have the time to cook every single day, it is important to not rely on microwave meals to get you through your work out. You will find that these readymade meals are full of preservatives and other junk that you do not want to put in your body. If you really do not have time to make a meal every day then try these alternatives instead:
- When you have time to cook, make it a double. Double up your meal sizes when you are cooking and freeze your leftovers to heat up when you have less time.
- Vegetable pots. These are quick and easy, but much better for you than microwave meals. Many supermarkets do their own and you can just pop them in the microwave for a few minutes before enjoying the veggie goodness!
- Back to the smoothies and soups! Blending up some vegetables and cooking them in a saucepan will take as long as a microwave meal but will have a much more positive impact on your work out performance.
Enjoy A Treat Once in a While
It is no good spending 7 days a week, 365 days a year living off of a healthy diet. Set yourself goals that will have a little treat at the end of them and you will find that you stick to a healthier diet for a lot longer than before.
You can reward yourself with a Chinese takeaway after a month of no snacking on crisps, for example. Perhaps you miss a glass or two of your favourite tipple, in which case set this as a reward for a solid performance at the gym.
If you set yourself goals then you will find that your workout performance becomes a lot stronger and your achievements will come much quicker too. Just don’t set aside every weekend as a ‘treat’ just because you went swimming twice a week!
Emily Johnston is a fitness writer who understands that for some the gym is not such a fun pastime. This is why she enjoys writing as she can erase the myths, educate and help people get healthy in a fun non threatening way. She recommends you go purchase some workout friendly gadgets and then get back into the gym and have some fun.