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Discover Nine Nifty Sources of Nutrition for Endurance Exercise

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Are you a runner, a fast walker or a participant in another form of endurance exercise? Then you know that the right nutrition is critical to succeed in your goals. That's why we're providing you with the dish on nine fabulous sources of nutrition to fuel your success.

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Run, Forrest, Run! Your name doesn't have to be Forrest Gump to relish the joys of running. Whether you're training for a marathon, have set a goal of fast walking or participate in a different form of endurance exercise, eating right is essential for your health and fitness success. If you're into candy bars for energy, it's time to get clued in about how to maximize what you eat to optimize your exercise. With that in mind, get the dish on nine great sources of nutrition, reported on June 27 by Triathlete Europe:

  • Bananas are easily digested. Enjoy with protein after a workout.
  • Berry good choice: Berries! Try over cereal or mixed with plain yogurt for a snack.
  • Brown rice nourishes your body with fiber and minerals. A delicious treat: Heat brown rice with almond milk, raisins, a dash of cinnamon and a spoonful of honey, then cool for a healthy version of rice pudding.
  • Energy bars are great - but you need to choose the right kind. Before and after your workout, munch on a bar that has more carbohydrates than protein, as well as low in fiber and fat. An example: Popular PowerBars.
  • Low-fat yogurt is a good choice, but choose a brand without added sugar. You can add your own fruit, such as bananas or berries. Or try mixing in a dash of cinnamon and a packet of natural sweetener, such as stevia or monk fruit.
  • Do you exercise in the morning? Then enjoy oatmeal for that pre-workout breakfast. Make sure it's the old-fashioned kind without added sugar or chemicals. For a dash of sweetness, mix in chopped raisins.
  • Love that pasta - but make sure it's whole wheat! Serve with low-fat protein such as turkey
  • Whole grain bread can make a great snack, spread with pure fruit preserves.
  • Before, during or after a workout, sports drinks can replenish your electrolytes.

Water, Water, Everywhere: Get Your Quota

With all that good nutrition, don't forget to hydrate your body before, during and after your exercise routine. Particularly in hot weather, drinking enough water is important. Experts suggest drinking before you get thirsty, rather than waiting until you're feeling parched. A tip for long-distance runners: Freeze a bottle of water to take before your run. It will help you stay cool as you jog, and then it's the perfect temperature when you're ready for it.