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4 Simple ways to set yourself up for a good workout

1. Get a good night's sleep

A great day starts with a good night's sleep. Sleep is vital to optimal performance during a workout. It not only helps your body recover, but also improve your energy levels and focus. Insufficient sleep can hurt your performance in the gym and during exercise routines by reducing your output too, making it harder to achieve your fitness goals.

2. Hydrate well before you train

Water is essential for many processes in your body, such as transporting nutrients across membranes helping to regulate energy use for faster metabolism. You should always drink water before you work out because it helps keep your body healthy and strong.

When you're dehydrated, these processes don't work as well as they should, which can lead to fatigue and other health problems like headaches or muscle cramps. No body wants those during a workout!

3. Fuel Up!

Enjoy a wholesome protein snack 30 minutes before. Having a protein snack before your workout will help you feel fuller. This is particularly important if you plan to do a longer workout. Bonus tip: including carbohydrate (broken into glucose) for your pre-workout fuel will energise you to keep you moving! 

For a wholesome & tasty pre workout snack, try the new range of UNCLE TOBYS Protein Muesli Bars (available in four flavours at Woolworths, Coles & IGA Supermarkets). With 20% protein^ to help you feel fuller and reduce feelings of hunger*. They're also portable for your gym bag so you don't get caught out.

4. Warm up

Take time before any workout to warm up for optimal performance. Activating the muscles to prepare for a workout is so often overlooked but can vastly improve your changes of avoiding injury, and also better recruit the muscles you're trying to target. Ensure you spend 5-10 minutes at the beginning of a workout using bands and bodyweight to turn on the targeted muscles and encourage blood flow for a more effective workout.

^7g protein/bar. *as part of a healthy, varied diet.  

This post is sponsored by the new range of UNCLE TOBYS. All opinions are my own and I only promote products I know, like and trust. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make The Fit Foodie Blog possible. 

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Uncle Toby's Protein Bar
  • Delicious, filling, and perfect pre-workout macros.
The Good

Tasty, wholesome and filling, Uncle Toby's Protein Bars are a great way to refuel - even if you only have 30 minutes before you train. Not only do they contain carbohydrates needed to refuel glycogen stores (which will ensure your workout output is optimised), but they also contain 7g of protein to assist with muscle repair!

The Bad

Nothing to speak of. All the flavours are tasty (Caramel & Dark Choc is a personal favourite!). The only thing I would say is I can't stop eating them!

Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also works as a commercial food photographer and stylist, is studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and is the author of two cookbooks: Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017) and Meal Prep Plan (Murdoch, 2019).

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