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Oct 26, 2013

{Fit and Strong Day 26}: Timing Nutrition With The Workout Phases

Before I do any strenuous workout, like running or swimming, I make sure I eat at least 2 hours before that to fuel my body and prepare it for the workout.  Some people can manage an hour before the workout, but not me.  I'll definitely regurgitate whatever I ate.  I learned that while doing the warm up exercises for Tai Chi class some years ago.  Good thing I was able to hold the food in or it would have been such a mess, not to mention very embarrassing.

After our Tai Chi classes, our coach would tell us to eat at least within an hour after our class and include protein sources.  After long runs, nobody has to remind me to eat.  My stomach would definitely be begging for food.  Some people would scoff at me when I tell them I eat after my runs.  They say that defeats the purpose of exercising if I just eat.  Really?  That is where they are wrong.  Nevertheless, I listen to what my body tells me.  And this infographic below tells me I'm doing the right thing, but I have to pay attention to what I eat, the protein and carbohydrate balance and all that.  

Use this as a guide when you do your workouts.

Timing Your Nutrition Around The 3 Critical Workout Windows

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This is Day 26 of Steps to Fit and Strong series.


  1. Wow, this is good information! Thanks for posting. I've bookmarked this so I can refer to it over and over. :)

  2. Great information TY! Like you, I listen to my body and when I need food, I eat; even after a workout.

  3. this is a good information for those who want working out

  4. Chan - Pretty Gorgeous KikayJuly 26, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    This plan is helpful, and I must agree that you need to eat even after the workout, but it should be nutritious