HIIT is the best bang for your buck if you're a short on time and want a killer workout. Combine some cardio moves with repeated, short bursts of high-intensity exercises, and active recovery and you've got yourself a quick and effective sweat session. But HIIT, or any workout for that matter, doesn't mean half as much if you're not fueling your body with the right foods. Try out our favorite HIIT workout via Grokker and Kelly Lee in the video below, and use this the pre-workout and post-workout snacking plan to maximize your burn a refuel in the healthiest way possible.
In order to give your body power it needs for a workout, look for foods that are high in complex carbs, and rich in fiber, protein and healthy fats. Nobody wants to deal with a rumbling or too-full stomach during cardio, so be sure to eat something light and easily digestible 2-3 hours beforehand, such as:
- A green smoothie
- Whole wheat toast with natural peanut butter and banana
- Greek yogurt with fruit
- An almond butter granola bar
- A cranberry almond KIND bar
What you eat or don't eat after your workout can greatly affect how you recover and build lean muscle. You need to replenish your energy stores so your body can repair muscles broken down. A combination of complex carbs and protein within 30 minutes of your workout is a good rule of thumb. Try:
- Natural peanut butter over a brown rice cake
- Hummus and whole wheat pita
- 1-2 cups low-fat chocolate milk
- A chocolate almond smoothie
- A FucoProtein bar
Both pre- and post-workout, staying hydrated is key to avoid injury and maintain your energy levels (seriously, it has so many benefits). Make sure to drink enough water while trying out the HIIT workout below.
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