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You Are What You Eat: Strength from Your Diet

When you commit to a healthy and active lifestyle, it requires a lot of maintenance and upkeep! Your body requires different needs when you really kick your workout into gear. Yoga not only helps focus on the mind-body connection, but conditions your body and requires different positions that build stamina and engages your muscles. Here are a few ways that can help incorporate a well-balanced diet into your workout regimen!

You shouldn’t have anything too heavy before a workout or even after! Before your next yoga class starts, grab a banana or some yogurt! Bananas are high in potassium which helps in combating muscle cramps, while Greek yogurt is high in calcium, protein and contains probiotics that improve your immune system!

Another suggestion would be to start or end your workout session with a smoothie! Smoothies are not only a light and hydrating snack, but you get your protein, fruit/vegetables, vitamins, minerals and other beneficial ingredients that your body will thank you for! It is sure to fuel you as you’re on the mat!

Protein. Protein. Protein. As you are exercising to build the muscle you’re working so hard for, it’s important to add protein to your diet to maintain that muscle! Protein supplies you with the nutrients that you need to improve strength and helps rebuild your muscle tissue. Protein is found in a variety of foods such as fish, chicken, yogurt, eggs and beans! You can even add a scoop of protein powder to your smoothies or a spoonful into your yogurt.

When it comes to strength training and yoga, water will be your best friend. Consuming adequate amounts of water throughout the day allows your body to stay hydrated and perform consistently. The water that you lose while sweating will need to be replaced! Even if you don’t think you’ll need it, grab some water to have during your next power class or workout! If you KNOW you need it, don’t be afraid to step out of that power class to grab a drink!

Remember to take care of your body to get the results you’re looking for. Maintaining a well-balanced diet is as important as the workout itself!

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