It’s been sometime since I wrote anything on fitness. This is what happens to part-time running enthusiasts like me whose enthusiasm fizzles out after January/February and we decide to take a break from running, which extends way beyond planned. It’s almost July and vacations are over, now I am finally back to running. But, now monsoons are here, and I have a few inhibitions about my skin, hair and nutrition as monsoons seem to take a toll on all three.
Some perks of being a blogger are, that industry experts are willing to share inputs on all these factors with you. Today’s post is all about the ‘right nutrition’ to keep our bodies nourished for a healthy, glowing skin while exercising and applies to all workout enthusiast and not only runners. As a bonus we have roped in Anandini Swaminathan, who is a dietitian by profession.
She will be talking about foods that are good for working out either indoors or outdoors, even during the rains. Here’s how you can keep chapped, lifeless skin away and exercise to look your best during the rainy season. Check these 8 nutrition tips from her;
Drinking plenty of fluids will remove toxins from the body and keep your skin hydrated. Ideally, an adult should drink between 1.5 to 2 litres of water a day and a child about a litre a day. Although, juices and fizzy drinks count as fluids, don’t indulge because they contain a lot of sugar which is not good in large quantities. Some of the best hydration options are water, coconut water and green tea (for adults).
Hydration is also vital during exercise, it keeps the body cool. Choose a hydration drink that contains electrolytes so that the fluid balance is maintained and muscle soreness is kept at bay.
Watch What You Eat
Tasty deep-fried foods are a perfect snack on a cold, rainy day. Please don’t make this your staple diet. Digestion slows down during the monsoon and you will be better off eating light and including foods like onion, garlic and ginger in the diet. If you eat too much fatty food your skin will be prone to pimples and acne.
Eating high fat food before a workout will only make you feel nauseated and hinder your performance. After a workout, eating fatty foods will mean consuming a lot of calories, possibly a lot more than you have expended during exercise.
Eat Good Fats
Yes, some fats are great for your skin. Fish, almonds and walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids which contribute to skin and hair health.
In terms of exercise, omega-3 fats help prevent muscle soreness and reduce inflammation of cells. Read More