Exercising the body regularly is key to healthy living. It makes the body strong and improves immunity. Research has shown that certain foods that are taken into the body tend to affect the results for which we work out.
One must ensure that the food taken into the body is well balanced, that is, it should contain all food nutrients in their right proportion.
Carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals salt, healthy fats are basic food nutrients that must not be absent in your daily meals. You can also take some supplements like weight gainers, Beta-Alanine, HMB, creatine just to mention a few, to help you attain your results of having a healthy body.
Most importantly a bodybuilder must always be hydrated because sweat evaporates from the skin causing the body to lose fluids.
Let us talk about the food nutrients;
Fiber, starches, and sugars are what the body transforms into glucose which gives the body the energy it uses. Carbohydrate is important for muscle building. Fiber is a carbohydrate that helps in food digestion and keeps blood cholesterol levels in check. Some food items that contain carbohydrates are oatmeal, quinoa, rice cakes, sweet potatoes, whole grain bread, legumes, beans among the others.
All cells in the human body contain protein is needed in our diet to help repair and make new cells for growth and developments. Protein strengthens the muscle tissues and carries oxygen to all parts of the body. It helps make antibodies that fight infections and illness and helps keep cells healthy. Foods like, fish, poultry, eggs, tofu and diary products are rich in protein.
3. HEALTHY FATS:
the body uses fat as a source of fuel, and it is the major storage of energy in the body. Fats can be saturated, monosaturated, and poly saturated. Fats in general serve as structural building blocks of the body. Fats are therefore needed in our diets to acquire more energy for working out. Examples of food that contains healthy fats are; avocado, coconut oil, flax seeds, nuts, nut butter, just to mention a few.
Vitamin and minerals act as essential coenzymes and cofactors in cellular energy generation. Taking a multivitamin a day helps to maintain muscle strength which is vital. Vitamin D is the most important vitamin the body needs. It helps in muscle growth and recovery. Examples of food that contains vitamins are pork and trout, peas, asparagus and squash, fresh and dried fruit, mushrooms, and a lot more.
In the beginning, we mentioned that as a bodybuilder you need to always be hydrated because in the course of working out you sweat a lot and this makes your body lose a lot of fluids, this happens when water evaporates from the body through the skin. You must therefore drink water before, during, and after working out.
Being healthy and fit isn’t a fad or trend, it’s a lifestyle.
Above are a few things to take very important if one would love to see an improvement in his or her workout sessions.