The size, timing, and ingredients of your pre- and post-exercise meals and snacks can play an important role in your energy levels during your workout. Your nutrition dictates how well your body recovers and rebuilds after your workout, and whether the calories you eat will be used as fuel…or stored as fat.
Your Pre-Pilates Fluid Needs:
Being well-hydrated will make your exercise easier and more effective. It will also reduce muscle cramping and fatigue. Try to drink 16-20 ounces of water during the 1-2 hours before starting your workout.
Your Pre-Pilates Meal or Snack:
Since Pilates involves moves that are concentrated around your center and also sends your legs overhead, big meals are not recommended beforehand—but don’t run on empty either! Power up with a combination of fruits and nut butter before an intense workout (our faves: bananas and walnuts or a slice of brown-rice bread with almond butter).
Refuel with a combination of carbs and protein within 30 minutes of exercising— that’s when your body needs to replenish glycogen (a type of carb stored in the muscles) lost during the workout.
This protein-packed shake will do the trick: Shake It Up
Mix the following ingredients in a blender or food processor. Makes 1 serving.
1 scoop or handful of ice
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 medium banana
1 cup berries
1 scoop Vega Chai Latte Plant-based protein mix
2 tsp flaxseed oil
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