Good nutrition is key to healthy living whether you are working out or not.  There are a few areas that you will want to be more concerned with now that you are training on a regular basis.

Try to get into the habit of drinking LOTS of water.  Water cleanses your system, moisturizes your skin, and is crucial to training in warmer weather.  It is not unrealistic to be drinking eight glasses of water a day for proper hydration.  Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.

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Food Not To Run On                                                                                        
You will find that certain foods may not agree with you and your new activities.  The fuel you are exercising on is the food you ate three to four hours prior to exercise!
Stay away from:
· High fat content foods
· Greasy, fried foods
· Carbonated drinks

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Food To Run On                                                                                               
Some foods are more beneficial as fuel for your body.

  • Carbohydrates (bagels, breads, pasta)
  • Water, juices
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables

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When To Eat

You do not want to exercise on a full stomach so planning your running and your meals will take a little thought.  It is best to eat three to four hours prior to running but continue your liquid intake throughout the day.  Easily digestible foods, such as breads, can be eaten closer to a workout time without feeling heavy and uncomfortable.  Every individual is different.  You will have to experiment with what foods work for you and how close to a run you can eat without it having an adverse affect on your performance and comfort.