5 Foods That Help Runners Run Better
As a new year starts and gyms begin to fill up to capacity with everyone who made a resolution to get fit in 2020, many fledgling fitness fanatics are flocking to the web looking for the best foods to fuel their goals. But, what many newbies don’t consider is that your goals in the gym—such as building muscle or losing weight—can make your dietary needs vary as wildly as that one guy’s animalistic screams on the weight bench (you know the one).
If you’ve picked running as your passion and you’re looking to improve your overall speed and performance, focusing on eating the right foods at the right time can be the kick start you’re looking for to boost your stride tremendously, with the added bonus of reducing your risk for injury and illness.
For runners making their grocery list, here are five foods to consider including into a weekly meal plan.
Perfect as a high-carb energy booster before a run, bananas are packed with potassium, sodium, magnesium and chloride, all of which help you compensate for mineral loss during particularly sweaty runs. Plus, studies have shown that potassium-rich foods such as bananas aid in lowering blood pressure and combating hypertension. And, clocking in at a modest 105 calories per 118 grams, they’re a great snack that won’t break your caloric budget.