Fitting a regular workout into an already busy routine of carpools, work, errands, etc. can be tough. This is why so many folks opt for the lunch time workout. Not that squeezing in a workout and a meal in an hour is an easy thing to do.
Here are a few ideas on how to optimize your meal post workout:
- Make sure you replenish your fluids post workout. The water cooler is your friend on the days you workout at lunch. Don't let yourself get dehydrated since a brain in need of water doesn't think so clearly. Plus, dehydrated muscles don't recover as well. Good for the body and good for the mind.
- Fruits and soups can help re-hydrate your system - just make sure the sodium content of the soup is not through the roof.
- Prepare a healthy lunch the night before and make sure your lunch packs a nutritional punch, as they say, including carbs and protein.
- If you are bringing a salad add some grilled chicken or a hard boiled egg to your greens. You don't need much protein after your lunch workout, so there is no need to protein load after a 30 to 45 minute workout.
- For carbs, choose whole grain breads or nuts over a powdered sugar donut. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends refueling muscles with 30 to 60 grams of carbohydrate in the first 30 minutes after an hour long workout. This helps the muscles recover and replenish quickly.
These tips should prevent the urge to eat your lunch while you exercise since we know that is just NOT necessary.