Tuesday, May 01, 2007

No, not a huge bowl of spaghetti

…Sally Squires holds forth in the Washingon Post about how to give your brain a workout—by eating the proper things before working out with your body.

…Oh, whatever—did you understand that?

…The main advice is to eat something—the idea that you should exercise on an empty stomach is a myth.

…Nancy Clark, author of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, told Squires that eating before a workout was like putting gas in the car.

…If you don’t eat, your blood glucose gets low—straining your body and not in a good way.

…Try s bowl of whole-grain cereal with skim milk.

…Graham crackers and peanut butter.

…Low-fat yogurt and a banana.

…A small piece of fruit 30 minutes before exercising is also good.

…Even a spoon of honey can help.

…Afterward, have some grapes or a popsicle—something light for a boost. How about a handful of Cheerios or half a granola bar?

…Carbs are muscle food. Too many cals can add weight, but carbs alone are not the culprit.

…A sports drink is OK—but sugary. Remember good old haitch-2-oh.

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