Thank you all for your lovely comments. I’m feeling much better now its the weekend. I managed to get quite a few tasks done today that were the cause of my stressed state. I felt such a relief when I had crossed them off my to do list. I’m planning a weekend, well just Sunday really of relaxation- face masks, trashy magazines, movies and a bit of baking. Oh and my long run of course!
Anyways, lets get on with this weeks Friday Feature post!
Stocking up on heaps of energy before you start to exercise is essential for a kick ass and effective workout. Eating before any exercise, as opposed to running on no fuel has been shown to increase performance and is a smart way to improve your endurance whilst working out.
Why are pre-workout snacks so highly recommended?
Help to keep a constant blood sugar level, which can be problematic for your energy levels when low.
Provides long lasting energy through out your workout.
Prevents hunger pangs.
Obviously we all have our own individual preferences as to what eat before a workout. The type of snack you go for will also be influenced by the intensity level of the workout. When I choose I pre-workout snack I keep a few things in mind:
high carbohydrate snacks such as fruit, wholegrain bread and cereals are great for maintaining blood sugar levels.
a little protein can sustain energy levels and improve physical endurance.
something high in sugar can cause your sugar levels to crash, resulting in an energy slump.
If I’m working out in the early hours of the morning I like to eat something like a banana or a few dates and nuts. An afternoon/evening workout for me requires something a little heavier to combat that regular afternoon energy dip.
The more time that you leave between eating and exercising the more food that you can eat. A high intensity workout requires a longer digestion time as your muscles require more blood. If you eat too close to working out a significant portion of your blood supply will be targeting your stomach and not the muscles.
Now since fuelling your workouts is IMPORTANT I have a lil’ something something up my blogging sleeves. After reading my review and reading my about me wanting to try their hemp protein powder the lovely people at Pulsin’ sent me a huge pack to review for the blog. Not only that they also sent me a pretty spectacular haul to share with you guys!
An 18 bar mixed box of Pulsin’ energy bars and a 250g bag of Hemp protein powder.
A selection of Pulsin’ energy bars and a 250g bag of Hemp protein powder.
To get your hands on one of these energy boosting prizes simply…
- leave a comment on this post stating your favourite pre-workout snack;
- tweet about this giveaway ensuring that @celery_cupcakes is in the tweet;
- link back to this giveaway in your blog post;
- subscribe to the blog or become a follower on twitter.
Each action counts as a separate entry and please leave a comment for each one as I wouldn’t want to miss one out when I count them all up. The giveaway will end on Friday 22nd April at 1pm (UK time) with the winner to be picked using the random generator and announced on Saturday.
Now since I’m currently guarding these prizes I think I’m gonna take this giveaway world wide!
So, ENTER! ENTER! ENTER! as all these bars are taking up valuable space in my health food cupboard! 😀