SAN JOSE BOOT CAMP OWNER: FUEL YOUR WORKOUT WITH ENERGY-BOOSTING SNACKS
(SAN JOSE, CA March 9, 2011) – It’s March and spring is just around the corner. With warmer weather and longer days, you may want to step up your exercise routine – working out more regularly and diligently than you have during the dark winter months.
“Ideally, you should exercise all year round, regardless of the weather,” says Brett Riesenhuber, CPT, owner of San Jose Adventure Boot Camp for Women & Prime Physique Fitness & Weight Loss. “But some folks go into semi-hibernation in the winter and get a renewed burst of energy in the spring.”
For all those ready to start a regular exercise routine, Riesenhuber has an important piece of advice: To make sure your workout is healthy and safe, don’t skimp on pre-exercise meals.
“Working out on an empty stomach is a bad idea because it could cause dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and dehydration,” he points out. “Your blood sugar level will fall; you’ll get hungry, and end up eating more food after a workout.”
Of course, this doesn’t mean you should go to the other extreme and fill up on caloric snacks, which you think you’ll burn while you exercise. Working out on a full stomach is not healthy either, Riesenhuber says.
“The important thing before exercising is to eat, but only small portions of foods that will give you a sufficient energy boost without piling on the calories,” he points out. “Choose a snack that has a good balance of protein and low glycemic carbohydrates, is low in fat and is easily digested and normalizes blood sugar.”
Riesenhuber adds that the amount and type of food depends on your fitness level, amount of exertion and goals; for example, endurance athletes can eat more than an average exerciser.
Among healthy pre-workout snacks that will give you enough energy to sustain more intense routines without weighing you down are oatmeal, nuts, yogurt, bananas and some sports bars and shakes.
“Avoid sugar, since it can lead to a severe drop in energy, plus it’s a source of empty calories,” Riesenhuber recommends. “And, don’t forget to drink water, but not soda, sugary sports drinks and certainly not alcohol.”
How long should you wait to exercise after you’ve eaten? Allow more digestion time before intense activity than a low-level one.
“For the best effect, eat about an hour or so before you start your boot camp training,” Riesenhuber suggests. “But also experiment to see what works best for you.”
About San Jose Adventure Boot Camp for Women & Prime Physique Fitness & Weight Loss:
Launched by fitness expert Brett A. Riesenhuber in April 2007, San Jose Adventure Boot Camp for Women is a women’s only boot camp which specializes in the areas of weight loss and training women of all fitness levels. Riesenhuber also owns Prime Physique Fitness & Weight Loss, a co-ed personal training training service. Program details and client testimonials are available at www.SanJoseBootCamp.com & www.PrimePhysique.com. Riesenhuber, a certified fitness expert with 20 + years experience in the fitness industry, can be reached at Info@SanJoseBootCamp.com or 408-899-5149.
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About Brett A. Riesenhuber, Fitness Expert:
Riesenhuber is a certified fitness expert (BS, CPPT, Certified Adventure Boot Camp Instructor, Certified Kettlebell Instructor and TRX certified) with 20 + years of experience in the fitness industry. Riesenhuber can be reached at Info@SanJoseBootCamp.com or 408-899-5149 and is available for media interviews on topics related to health, wellness and fitness.