Now and then I get tired after work, and that small walk between the office and the gym turns into a nightmare, that post office-preworkout time becomes a life and death decision, I’m tired… I don’t have the energy… maybe I should go home and rest, So what do you do??? I’m not gonna lie to you, sometimes when I didn’t get enough sleep I take a gym nap, let me explain, it’s not as bad as it sounds jajajaja… I get to the women’s locker room and take a 15 to 20 minute nap before my training, ok, it’s bad but it helps, jajajaja…
When your trying to keep weight or your on a diet an energy drink doesnt seem like an option, all those empty sugars can become a bump on the road, so what are the natural options? Sometimes I resort to a little honey…
Honey… Natural Energy
Honey is also a rich source of carbohydrates, providing 17 grams per tablespoon, which makes it ideal for your working muscles since carbohydrates are the primary fuel the body uses for energy. Carbohydrates are necessary in the diet to help maintain muscle glycogen, also known as stored carbohydrates, which are the most important fuel source for athletes to help them keep going.
Whether you’re looking for an energy boost or just a sweet reward after a long workout, honey is a quick, easy, and delicious all-natural energy source!
Honey as an Athletic Aid
Pre-exercise: For years, sports nutritionists have recommended eating carbohydrates before an athletic activity for an added energy boost. As with many carbohydrates, pure honey may be an effective form to ingest just prior to exercise. When honey is eaten before a workout or athletic activity, it is released into the system at a steady rate throughout the event.
During Exercise: Consuming carbohydrates, such as honey, during a workout helps your muscles stay nourished longer and delays fatigue, versus not using any aid or supplement. Next time you reach for a simple bottle of water, add some honey to it – it might give you that much-needed athletic boost!
Post-exercise: An optimal recovery plan is essential for any athlete. Research shows that ingesting a combination of carbohydrates and protein immediately following exercise (within 30 minutes) is ideal to refuel and decrease delayed-onset muscle soreness. Therefore, honey is a great source of carbohydrate to combine with post-workout protein supplements. In addition to promoting muscle recuperation and glycogen restoration, carb-protein combinations sustain favorable blood sugar concentrations after training.
When planning your athletic training program, remember that honey is a rich source of carbohydrates, providing 17 grams at just 64 calories per tablespoon. Combining honey with fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains and other healthful foods can add to your total nutrition and give you a great natural energy boost. Try these tips to fuel your diet with the sweet goodness of honey!
- Staying hydrated is one of the most important tools for an athlete. Simply add honey to your bottle of water for an energy boost during your next workout.
- Snacks are a great way to add extra fruits and vegetables to your diet. Try mixing peanut butter and honey, or honey and light cream cheese, as a dip for fresh fruits or vegetables.
- Peanut butter and honey sandwiches on whole wheat bread are a great, high-energy snack to provide a good combination of carbohydrates, protein and fat.
- Since honey is a convenient, portable source of energy, take it with you for tournaments and long periods of activity to help sustain your energy levels.
There are other forms or natural energy, a small snack before training always helps as well, I try to not eat anything big though, otherwise I feel like a fat cat trying to roll…
Fruits Most fruits can be digested in under half an hour, which makes them a quick, nutritious way to get a burst of energy.
Bananas: Because they are composed mostly of sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose) and fiber, bananas are a foolproof energy food. Top them with peanut or almond butter for a well-rounded snack.
Apples: Not only will an apple a day keep the doctor away, it’ll also give you a powerful jolt of energy. High in fiber, apples take longer to digest, so they’ll give you a more prolonged lift than many other fruit picks. Snack on apples with cheese for an especially effective pick-me-up.
Oranges: High in vitamin C, potassium and folate, this citrus fruit rations out energy steadily over time instead of giving you a quick sugar rush. Peel and eat an orange whole to benefit from the pectin and fiber in the fruit’s membranes.
Berry Juice:Mix 4 oz. of dark berry juice—like grape, pomegranate, cherry, blueberry, açai, or black currant—with 4 oz. of water. (Diluting the juice helps keep sugar levels down.) Look for a brand with a low sugar content.
Almonds: Packed with protein, manganese, copper and riboflavin, almonds are a handy snack to keep at your desk or in your bag. Copper and manganese play an essential role in keeping energy flowing throughout the body by neutralizing toxins within cells. Riboflavin aids oxygen-based energy production.
Yogurt: With a rainbow of flavors to choose from, yogurt is a healthy breakfast or snack option when you’re on the go. Rich in magnesium, which is crucial for the release of energy, yogurt also adds a dose of calcium to your diet. Enjoy it post-workout to help replenish your glycogen sources.