It’s not a big secret that regular cardio training will improve your general fitness. Whether you swear by running or prefer cycling, the more you exercise the more fuel your body needs. By adapting your normal (hopefully healthy) diet just a tiny bit your body will be able to recover faster after exercise, and you will feel much more energised in general.
Optimally, stick to carbohydrate-rich foods before and after your workout. These are broken down into glucose, which is the best cardio fuel for the body. However, not all carbs serve the same training purposes.
Carbs with a low to medium glycemic index, e.g. wholemeal bread, brown rice, wholemeal pasta, polenta, oats, lentils and vegetables like butternut squash or sweet potatoes, should be eaten about two to three hourse before your workout, as these release their energy gradually throughout your training.
Conversely, carbs with a high glycemic index, e.g. fruit, energy bars, flapjacks and sports drinks, break down much more quickly and should be consumed immediately before exercise as an energy boost or immediately after to support muscle recovery.
What are your favourite fitness foods?