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How To Eat Right On Gym Days

It’s good to go to the gym, assuming that’s your thing (it doesn’t have to be - you might prefer to do all kinds of other exercises, like playing sports, running, swimming, dancing, and so on), but it can be hard to make sure you eat right on the days when you go. Whether it’s because you don’t have a lot of time to make fresh, healthy food because of the time you spend at the gym or because you just don’t know what you should be eating (and when), it’s time to learn - you don’t want to undo any of the good work you’re doing at the gym by eating poorly when you go. With that in mind, keep reading to find out exactly how to eat right on gym days. 

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You might not think about eating anything before you head to the gym, mainly because you don’t want to feel unwell while you’re exercising, but eating before your workout can actually be a fantastic thing to do, and it could boost your workout, and the results you get from it. 

The fact is that it’s vital to give your body the power and energy it needs to do a good job for you at the gym, and that power and energy comes from fuel - food, in other words. Of course, you do need to eat the right food, which should be a light meal or snack containing carbohydrates for energy and protein to build muscle and keep your muscles strong. Don’t eat too much, though, as that would be a mistake and it would make you sick. 

Stay Hydrated

When you think of how to eat right on gym days, your first thought is undoubtedly going to be related to food - that makes sense, after all. However, you shouldn’t forget about the other element of meals; water. Staying properly hydrated is something a lot of people underestimate, but it’s what’s going to make a big difference to how you perform and your overall health. 


Just because you’ve had a light meal or snack before your workout, that doesn’t mean you can skip a meal afterwards - you need to replenish all the energy your body just used up, and you need to help your muscles recover after the hard work they’ve just done. 

That’s why you need to think about what you’re going to eat after your workout and make sure you’ve got time to enjoy it once you’re done. It might be that you decide to make the food in advance to save time, and that can definitely be a good option. So what should you eat? Well, you’ll want something that contains plenty of nutrients and healthy food, so something like a quick and easy flatbread pizza recipe could be ideal, as you can choose the best toppings for your needs. 

Think About Timing 

Timing really is everything when it comes to eating right on gym days, as you’ll need to ensure your body can use the nutrients in the right way in the right amounts. For your pre-workout food, aim to eat it around two to three hours before exercising (or you can have a light snack about 30 to 60 minutes before if you’re running short on time). Afterwards, make sure you refuel within an hour of finishing your workout for the healthiest and most satisfying results.


  1. Great tips, it's all about the timing to have the efficient flow with the gym exercise...

  2. That post workout smoothie just hits differently!