Your body is like your car, and to keep it running strong during exercise you’ve got to put the right fluids and the right fuel in at the right times, says the American Heart Association. Start by fueling up—water for hydration and healthy carbohydrates, like whole grains, for fuel. No time for a proper meal? Grab some water and a piece of fruit, then go!
During your workout, stay hydrated with water regardless of how long or intense it is. If you’re working out for more than 60 minutes at high intensity levels, add another 50 calories of quality carbs, such as raisins or an energy bar, for every extra 30 minutes.
Finish well by rehydrating with a mixture of juice and water to restore carbohydrates and potassium, and add in a high-protein snack, such as peanut butter, to help repair and grow muscle.
The American Heart Association reminds us that what you put in your body is as important as what you do with your body. Both are crucial to keeping your engine performing at its best.