This month, our KIND Nutrition Correspondent, Alicia Gilmore, RD, has some tips on how to be KIND to your body when exercising in the summer heat…
As the weather shapes up around summer time, we begin thinking about doing the same for our bodies. In moving a workout from the gym to the outdoors, it’s important to adjust our snacking regimen to account for higher temperatures and to keep our bodies fueled throughout exercise.
First and foremost, hydration is key – when we exercise outside, we sweat more. Fluid loss increases chances of heat injuries, so a good rule of thumb is to drink every 15 minutes during activity.
While we ramp up our workout plans with thoughts of hitting the beach in peak shape, it’s important to consume enough calories (and the right KIND of calories!) to keep up with our exercise. In all cases, protein is essential. I recommend 6-to 7 ounces of lean protein like chicken or fish – or vegetarian options like eggs, beans and nuts. A great snack choice is KIND PLUS Almond Walnut Macadamia + Protein. With 10 grams of protein, this will keep you well fueled throughout your workout.
Consuming a carbohydrate-containing beverage 1 to 4 hours before your activity may also help bolster endurance and stamina. Be sure to follow your workout with a carb-containing snack or meal to refuel your muscles and replenish your energy stores.
Whether it’s a walk in the park or training for a big race, staying hydrated and fueled will help you stay active longer and keep you energized for whatever your summer has in store – happy snacking!
- Alicia Gilmore, MS, RD, CSO, LD