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How to Have Energy For an Evening Workout

How to Maximize Energy For an Evening Workout

Morning workouts may be better in many respects, but if you're like me, you'd take an evening workout any day. And while I normally look forward to my workout, sometimes energy levels leave me preferring the couch. To make sure I check my workout off my to-do list for the day, here are ways to keep energy up in the evening.

Well-timed snack: Lunch is a distant memory by the time you're ready for after-work exercise, so snacks are in order if you want to have the energy you need for a good workout. But eating too much right before a workout can be your downfall as well. The solution? A well-timed, well-balanced snack of carbs and protein to help power through a workout; go for easily digestible carbs — like saltine crackers or raisins — if you're grabbing something right before you head out. Here are some ideas on what to eat before you workout that you can easily eat at work.

Water: Feeling sluggish? Dehydration could be the culprit. Make sure you stay amply hydrated all day — otherwise you could be met with fatigue at the start of your workout. If your exercise routine is intense, make sure you keep a water bottle handy to stay hydrated throughout your routine.

An extra kick: Coffee perks you up in the morning, and it can do the same before your workout. Studies have shown that drinking caffeine before a workout helps increase your stamina and energy throughout. If an evening cup of coffee spells disaster for your bedtime routine, try green tea instead.

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