Getting the best performance in every workout requires completing the most demanding exercises with adequate stamina and energy. Hence, in order to perform at your best, your body should have the right energy-giving fuel for the job. However, there are a multitude of exercises or physical activities to choose from and each of them can challenge your body uniquely. Consequently, by wisely choosing the right type of pre-activity or pre-workout snack or even combining several types of food can actually help give your body the winning edge in slaying your daily workout or even crushing your personal record.

Pilates – Low Fat Yogurt. Yogurts are rich in bone building calcium aside from its core building protein. It’s low in calories and has good bacteria which promotes better digestion and improves overall immunity and wellness. Undeniably one of the best snacks for your tummy, inside and out.

Weight Training- Bananas. Bananas have considerable amount of carbs and cramp fighting potassium necessary for those high intensity sets.  Bananas are also a good source of vitamin B6 or pyridoxine, which is responsible for helping the body make the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine which in turn help influence mood and alertness.

HIIT/ CrossFit- Skim Milk. High Intensity exercises can be really punishing for your body. Cramps and early onset of weakness is common for exercisers who prefer these types of workouts. Surprisingly, milk is inherently one of the best sources of potassium which helps fight muscle cramps and it also has an adequate amount of protein which helps in muscle recovery and repair.

Yoga- Oatmeal. Oats are high in complex carbs and soluble fiber which help lower cholesterol levels and improve blood circulation. Oats are also rich in iron, which is helps the body produce hemoglobin and oxygen-rich red blood cells.

Running – Whole Wheat bread. Readily available anywhere, whole wheat bread is a superstar snack for endurance athletes. It has a good amount of fiber which provides a steady stream of carbs for those long duration workouts. It’s also a good source of sodium which helps slow down dehydration and fatigue.

Cycling – Sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are also rich in complex carbs and fiber which are especially important for cyclists who need slow burning carbohydrates needed for high mileage rides. Sweet potatoes also have a good amount of vitamin A, which is responsible for improving your eyesight to keep you aware of the road ahead.

Swimming –  Corn on the cob. Like potatoes and bread, corn is a good source of both carbohydrates and fiber. Aside from that corn is also loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytochemicals that promote healthy vision and protect the eyes. Moreover, corn is also rich in pantothenic acid which helps process carbs, fats and protein and covert them to energy sources.

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Armand Mendoza is a licensed physical therapist with extensive knowledge in weight management, athletic nutrition, injury prevention, strength and endurance training. He holds international certifications for personal training, lifestyle & weight management coaching, sports nutrition, and contemporary Pilates. Currently, Armand concentrates on teaching lifestyle-based personal fitness programs, group fitness classes, and health coaching.