Health Tip: Choose Energy-Boosting Foods

The right diet fuels your workout

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(HealthDay News) -- If you feel too tired to hit the gym despite your commitment to exercise, your diet may need an energy boost.

The American Council on Exercise suggests:

  • Eat frequent small meals that include complex carbohydrates, such as veggies, fruit, whole grains and beans.
  • Avoid refined carbohydrates, such as donuts or cookies.
  • Don't drink caffeine within an hour of your workout. Instead, have a small glass of juice to help boost your energy.
  • Start your morning with a breakfast rich in whole grains and fruit.
  • If you work out in the afternoon or evening, plan a light but nutritious snack an hour before your workout. Also drink plenty of water.

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