According to myths, marathon runners can eat and drink anything they want before they race. In fact, this is partly believed. Being an experienced person, not an expert, I don’t believe that completely, but there is logic to it. I have been able to notice and realize that some foods and drinks help me stay motivated while having more energy at the same time by riding bicycle every day.
I plan my breakfast and lunch around what I will be doing for my morning workout. In the morning is when I do my most of a workout, however, depending on the weather and how my body is feeling, I try to sneak in physical activity during my lunch break and/or in the evening. I do have different things I will eat depending how my day is going to go. If I walk in the morning with our dogs and then plan on working a full day, coming home and not doing much activity at night, I will have a bowl of cereal with fruit and coffee. Lunch will consist of a small portion of protein less carbohydrates, either leftover four ounce skinless chicken breast with asparagus or a mixed greens salad with two ounces of cubes pieces of that leftover chicken breast. Then dinner is filled with vegetables and three pieces of two ounce non breaded perch.
On a harder day of working out, such as doing a full hour of a cardio workout in the morning and work a full day, then plan on taking a bike ride after dinner, I start my day off with a protein shake filled with strawberries and blueberries, protein powder, flax seed and yogurt and on the side, a cup of green tea. Even though I work out hard, my shake makes me full till lunch or later. The bonus is that I have so much energy I feel like I could run a marathon all morning. The green tea helps my stomach feel regular, not bloated or full, while giving me a little extra boost for the day. Lunch will then consist of a variety of lettuce salad with chunks of skinless chicken or turkey breast, one teaspoon of egg whites, one teaspoon of avocado, sprinkle of cheese, a couple of grape tomatoes and two sprays of raspberry vinaigrette dressing. Whoever invented the spray dressing it awesome! Then for dinner I will prepare grilled red potatoes, asparagus and one large skinless breast for my husband and me to split. My husband and I enjoy bike riding together, so off for a nice evening ride. Biking together helps us both maintain a great speed to burn at least half the calories we ate for supper, along with spending nice quality time together.
I enjoy the buddy system for working out. If I plan on biking to my friend’s in the morning, where together her and I bike for an hour then I return home from an hour and half bike ride, which included 600 calories burned and my body always feels ready for a mindful day of working. I will then always plan on taking our dogs on walk/run intervals for an hour after dinner. I start off breakfast by preparing myself two scrambled eggs, two strips of bacon and one slice of whole grain English muffin and a cup of coffee. Lunch will then consist of turkey breast sandwich on a whole wheat bun with spicy mustard, romaine lettuce and a tomato slice along with a peach. Dinner will be salmon on the grill, using spices and olive oil, no butter and a side of broccoli. My dogs love these nights because we are both able to burn off extra energy they build up throughout the day and I get my heart rate to fluctuate which makes my lungs feel great while making my calves streaming for more.
Besides being more observant to the foods I eat, I make sure to drink at least six – twenty ounce glasses of water throughout the day. Water always gives me that extra boost when I start feeling hungry or tired during the day, plus it helps me sleep better throughout the night. There are very few days I get tired while at work, which is a great feeling physically and mentally. Maintaining a regular balanced meals schedule makes me have a great attitude for live. I’m a happier, more energetic person that can’t wait for the next day.
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