Three Fruits for Fitness
Fueling for your workout can be tricky but not any more. Here are some easy travel-buddy fruits that are sure to support you fitness goals and get you through a good workout.
An apple a day will keep your workout fueled! A large apple is not only easy to take on-the-go but also contains approximately 5 grams of dietary fiber. The insoluble fiber found in the apple’s skin has been shown to decrease appetite and improve digestive health. Soluble fiber not only helps with weight management and digestive health, but can also help decrease cholesterol levels and improve blood sugar stabilization which is crucial to working out for periods of an hour or more.
HINT: Put an apple in your gym bag or purse.
Grapefruit and lemon are well-known in the fitness world. According to a 12 week study in 2006 on The Effects of Grapefruit on Weight and Insulin Resistance: Relationship to Metabolic Syndrome , grapefruit in capsule, whole or juice form can support a weight loss regimen. However, many healthcare professionals warn of continual consumption of grapefruit products due to interactions with disease states and medication. Don’t fret though. Lemon, also in the citrus family, has been said to aid in weight loss by helping break down lipids and wake up those digestive juices.
HINT: Squeeze some lemon juice in your water for flavor and improved weight management.
B-A-N-A-N-A-S. My yellow friend is full of potassium. The body does not store potassium for future use. So eating a banana before a workout can supply your body with enough calories (i.e. energy) to get through your workout, while eating one after exercise can help with muscle recovery. Additionally, a diet rich in potassium can help lower your blood pressure and decrease risk of heart disease and stroke.
HINT: Include a banana in your pre- or post- workout snack or meal.
– Casey Edmonds, CHC
Health Advisor | Email Casey