Add More Cardio Exercise

Get your sneakers ready: This month's Healthy Habits challenge is to work out at least 3 times a week. Find a complete cardio guide, nutrition tips, and coaching advice to help reach your goals.

10 Best Foods and Drinks for Exercising

Get the 411 on what to eat and drink before, during, and after exercise. By Karen Ansel, MS, RD

Oatmeal

Oatmeal

When it comes to priming your muscles for a workout, carbs are your best friend. They provide glucose, the fuel your muscles run on. But, like different grades of gasoline, not all carbohydrates are created equally. Slowly-digested, complex carbs from whole grains deliver a sustained blood sugar release that energizes you throughout your workout. And oatmeal is a winning choice. It’s rich in beta-glucan, a fiber that slows digestion and keeps blood sugar on an even keel. For maximum results, choose whole oats. They’re digested more slowly than quick cooking or instant oatmeal.

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