November 19 of every year is observed as International Men's Day. The day recognises and celebrates the contribution of men towards family, marriage, childcare and society at large. This time, the theme of International Men's Day 2020 is "better health for men and boys", and we want to do our bit to promote men' health. Most men our fitness buffs; while it is a good thing to spend all those hours in the gym to bulk up or to get fit, doing it improperly may cause more harm than good.
Food plays a big role in preparing the body for a rigorous workout and also helping it recover post-workout. Here are some pre-workout and post-workout diet tips every man into a regular exercise regime should know of.
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Prepare yourself for workout with nutrient-rich foods.
Essential Pre-workout Diet Tips For Men:
Fruits provide lots of carbs, protein and fibre. Try to have high-carb fruits like a banana before heading out to the gym or for a run. These fruits will give you a load of energy and will keep you feeling full for a long time.
Healthy fats from nuts like almonds, walnuts and cashews are great to prep yourself for the taxing exercise routine of the day. You just need a handful of nuts to get yourself started.
You'll be sweating during your workout so hydrate yourself well with water. In fact, carry a bottle of water along and keep sipping on it during the workout as well.
The probiotic food help digest all the food eaten before easily and will refresh you to take on the hard exercising activities.
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Healthy diet may help you recover from rigorous workout.
Essential Post-Workout Diet Tips:
Replenish your body after a good workout with proteins from eggs. Omelette, scrambles eggs, poached eggs, any egg-based dish should work.
Strengthen your tired bones and muscles with calcium-rich milk. Make milkshakes with protein-filled fruits and nuts to feel active again to go about the rest of your day.
Get Your Antioxidant Fix
Stretching, running, lifting - a high-action workout can lead to inflammation in the muscles. Foods rich in antioxidants can help soothe sore muscles and tackle inflammation to avoid internal injuries. Remember to add spices like turmeric, ginger, garlic etc. to your meals.
Vitamin C Foods
The nutrient of vitamin C helps reduce oxidative stress; so make sure to include vitamin-C rich foods in your meals after exercising. Here are some food options you can include in your post-workout diet.
Exercising is important for healthy living; just make sure you do it the right way.
Happy International Men's Day 2020!