By Linda Melone, Prevention
When perfection's out of reach You know the health rules: floss daily, get enough sleep, eat lots of fruits and veggies, etc. But you're busy. Really busy. And sometimes flossing before falling face-first into bed is about as realistic as Santa swinging by to fold all your laundry overnight. And iron it, too. But instead of giving up on those healthy ideals altogether, try these effective, second-best solutions.
1. The ideal: Eat a healthy pre-workout snack
The next best thing: You have three options, says Amy Goodson, MS, RD, the Dallas Cowboys' sports dietitian. If you can't squeeze in a full-blown snack before your workout, try:
1. Grabbing a few bites of an energy bar or trail mix.
2. Taking a few sips of a carb-protein shake (e.g. Ensure, Boost).
3. Sipping a sports drink that provides carbs and electrolytes.
Still not an option? "If you can't eat pre-workout, be sure to refuel post-workout," says Goodson.
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