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«… ginger bread to combat feelings of faintness…»

You know the feeling. Eating something rich, right before a heavy workout session, can make you feel queasy, bloated or just downright miserable. On the other hand: some people try to excel at sports without eating more than a couple of slices of cucumber and half a cup of non-fat yoghurt all day. Either way, if you want to keep your body in a shape to match your already fabulous brain, then you have to mind your eating and drinking habits too.

"Mens sana in corpore sano." A sound mind and a healthy body go hand in hand. Working out or doing sports may actually help you achieve things in your personal or professional life that you originally didn't have enough stamina, confidence or imagination for. But at the same time, you have to be clever to work out properly. One of the things you'll need most is energy, and here's a bunch of tips on how to get it at just the right time...

Long distance runners and cyclists are best to stop eating at least one hour before they have to perform — up to three hours even if they're really enthusiastic. Before and during races shorter than an hour or even two, they won't need anything but water. After that, they could aim for "isotonic" sports drinks. Gulp em down, rather than sip — for greater effect. Similar rules, albeit not as strict, go for football, hockey and tennis players. During breaks, they can also have a quick slice of ginger bread to combat feelings of faintness.


High-intensity sportspeople like fitness addicts, gymnasts and sprinters should stay away from food and drinks that produce gas. Avoid carbonated drinks as well as food like beans, cabbage and leeks. Power sports – on the other hand – require a protein-rich diet, but the funny thing is that a normal diet is often rich enough in protein for amateurs. So go easy on the supplements.
After you're done sporting, your body will be highly susceptible to new carbs and protein for about two hours. Your muscles will recover best if you treat them to something nice and sugar-y during that period. Also, don't forget to rehydrate, because you may have lost up to two liters of sweat. Forgetting to replenish that may lead to serious headaches for starters.

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