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Use good nutrition to support fitness training, because it has a direct impact on how you feel during and after exercise.  

Cardio workouts require more carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates metabolize very quickly, so eating a pre – workout meal, 30 to 60 minutes beforehand, is optimal.  It is best to choose carbohydrates that are low on the glycemic index (these are foods that your body converts to sugar more slowly.)  An example of this would be a whole grain cereal with nuts and skim or soy milk.

On the other hand, when you strength train, you’re building lean muscle mass.  To repair muscle tissue, your body requires protein.

Protein is broken down into amino acids. Your body uses amino acids to repair and build muscle.  The amount of protein you need is based on your body weight, workout intensity, the length of your workout and your gender.  This becomes even more important if you participate in sports or endurance events.

Recent studies suggest eating 10 to 20 grams of protein within 1- 2 hours after strength training, is effective.  An example of a good source of replenishment would be an egg white omelet with spinach, a whole grain bread and skim milk.

So remember to support exercise with proper nutrition! It will help you maintain good health, lessen the chance of injury, and keep your metabolism from slowing down.

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