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
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.