There are many different reasons for people wanting to keep on top of their fitness. You might want to simply keep fit so you’re not out of breath running for a bus. Or you might want to develop that super toned 6 pack body you’ve always dreamed of.
Whatever the reason, you’ll definitely want to pay attention to the 2 key elements of keeping fit:
Exercise – a no brainer this one!
Diet – the area that many people neglect when it comes to fitness.
We’re all aware that regular exercise is essential for keeping our fitness levels up. But what people often don’t realise is that a healthy and nutritionally-balanced diet can really enhance your training programme and deliver maximum benefits for what you’re trying to achieve.
There are different types of food group you should concentrate on for your own personal goals – something a good meal prep service should be able to provide for you, through offering a range of different types of protein, carbohydrates and vegetables.
It’s essential that you take on board enough fluids, of course – especially during your workout routines – in order that you don’t suffer the effects of dehydration. On top of this, choosing the right ingredients for your fitness-based meals will work alongside your physical efforts to keep you well-stocked up with the right type of energy and fuel to complement your chosen activity.
Many health experts recommend you ‘fuel up’ before your workout. Estimates vary on the best timing, but it’s quite common to see advice about eating 2 hours before you train – with water and carbs being among the most frequently recommended food groups to concentrate on.
Some experts also recommend you take on board some more fuel during your exercise routine – most especially if you are going to be working out for over an hour, where you may want to take on board some more carbohydrates every half hour or so.
Post workout, one of the most common recommendations is more fluids, carbs and protein – which it is suggested can be especially beneficial for repairing and building muscles.
Of course, you’ll want to tailor your own food intake to the type of exercise regime you’re concentrating on. And it may be that you should seek medical advice on the best approach for your circumstances.
In order to ensure you keep the right sort of foodstuffs on hand to maximise the effects of your fitness sessions, we have a range of options for you to choose from on our food box delivery menu page – where you can review the various options available and work out how much of each food type you should include in your prep boxes.