Is that a banana in your pocket?
No? Well, it should be. Bananas are your perfect workout fuel at any time. That’s certainly what footballer Dani Alves thought when someone provocatively chucked a banana at him during a match last week. He remained calm, peeled the banana, and promptly ate it. The incident sparked a huge social media campaign with many people tweeting their own picture banana-munching moments.
When is your ‘banana-time?’
- Pre-workout. Bananas are rich in natural sugars which give your cells sustained energy to exercise. For this reason, many people eat a banana within the hour before they exercise. Studies show bananas are just as effective as sports drinks for enhancing performance, plus you get all the nutrients.
- During exercise. Bananas have extremely high potassium content which helps replace minerals lost through sweat, prevents muscle fatigue and increases alertness during your workout. If you get cramp, try a few bites of banana!
- Perfect post-workout fodder. The fast-acting carbs in bananas restore your body’s glycogen levels. Protein and carbs are required to help rebuild muscles after a workout. Smoothies or chocolate banana milkshakes are scientifically proven to be one of the best recovery drinks.
- Snack attack. Is there a more handy fruit to pop in your bag than the ready-wrapped banana? The high fibre content helps satisfy appetites, and only 100 calories each means they’re actually an excellent snack choice for slimmers.
- Anytime! It won’t be long before we’re watching Wimbledon players taking quick bites of bananas between tennis sets. Mountains of bananas are similarly devoured by post-race athletes throughout the world. And we’ve all grabbed a convenient banana on those ‘no-time-for-breakfast’ mornings. It seems there are no rules for when to eat a banana. It’s just perfect anytime workout fuel and the whole world knows it.
They’re truly wonderful fruit. So take bananas (and go bananas) at the gym!