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Cardio Cuisine: Healthy Eating Habits to Enhance Endurance

Workouts  

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Complex Carbohydrates 

Prioritize complex carbohydrates such as whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, oats), legumes, and starchy vegetables (sweet potatoes, squash). 

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Lean Proteins 

Include lean protein sources like chicken breast, turkey, fish, tofu, and legumes in your meals. Protein supports muscle repair and helps maintain muscle mass during endurance exercise.

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Healthy Fats 

Incorporate healthy fats from sources like avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil. Fats provide a concentrated source of energy and support cardiovascular health.

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Nutrient-Dense Foods 

Choose nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens to provide essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support overall health and recovery.

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Pre-Workout Snack 

Consume a balanced snack containing carbohydrates and a small amount of protein before your cardio workout to provide immediate energy and prevent hunger during exercise.

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Hydration 

Stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day and during your workouts. Dehydration can impair performance and increase the risk of fatigue and cramping during cardio activities.

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Electrolyte Balance 

Maintain electrolyte balance by consuming foods rich in potassium (bananas, potatoes, leafy greens) and sodium (electrolyte drinks, pickles) to support proper muscle function and hydration.

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Post-Workout 

Refuel your body with a combination of carbohydrates and protein within 30-60 minutes after your cardio workout to replenish glycogen stores and support muscle recovery.

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