During physical activity, what is considered proper fuel for the body?

To prep your body to be physically active, it’s important to put the right fuel in, according to the American Heart AssociationOff Site Icon (AHA).

You want to have enough energy to be able to maximize your activity, and fueling up the following ways, according to the AHA, can help:

  • Avoid saturated fats and too much healthy protein – These fuels are hard for the body to digest and take longer in your stomach, which takes away oxygen and blood from your muscles
  • Eat healthy carbs – Try whole grain cereals, whole wheat toast, low fat yogurts, whole grain pastas, fruits and vegetables
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water

If you will be active for hours, make sure you stay well hydrated by frequently taking sips of water. And, if you are active for more than an hour, try to eat 100 calories of something such as a banana, energy bar or raisins to keep up your energy, according to the AHA.

For more information about staying well fueled and energized while being physically active, talk with your doctor.

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