The New Year has come and with it a host of New Year’s Resolutions. So what’s at the top of everyone’s list? Going to the gym. People go to the gym for different reasons: to train, lose weight, or to better their health. But what a lot of people take issue with is that the gym routine can get boring. How many times can you run on the treadmill or climb the elliptical? At Bombay Jam, exercise meets fun with our dance workout.
At Bombay Jam we incorporate Bollywood music and top 40 for a new, fun, and fresh dancing blend. Bombay Jam was created by choreographers and Bollywood dancers who wanted to share this exciting blend of dance and exercise with other dance enthusiasts.
Eating good food is what helps us get through the day. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, what you eat before exercising is dependent on what time of day you are exercising. Below we have prepared for you a few meal ideas for your next Bombay Jam workout!
When you join in the Bombay Jam dance workout, you can potentially burn up to 800 calories in a single hour. With this amount of calorie burning, it is important to eat a meal consisting of simple and complex carbohydrates to maintain your energy levels during your dance workout session. Whether you like to get your groove on in the mornings or evenings, we have provided you with a list of meals that will satisfy your hunger and keep you hydrated.
Here Comes the Sun
If you like to rise with the sun, it is suggested that you eat a light snack and stay hydrated before you enjoying your morning dance workout. According to Fitness Magazine, it is important that the snack or meal you eat before a workout (or dance workout) are built of simple and complex carbohydrates.
You may be asking: what is the difference between the two? Simple carbohydrates are built of sugars that convert to energy in your body rapidly, while complex carbohydrates are made of starches and fiber that convert to energy at a steady pace, providing you with the energy you need during your dance workout.
Some examples of simple and complex carbohydrate morning meals for are:
* Wheat toast with almond butter spread
* Oatmeal and banana slices
* Yogurt with sunflower and pumpkin seeds
* Avocado and tomato on toast
* Apple slices with peanut butter spread
* Fruit smoothie and trail mix
* Water, water, and more water
Most importantly, remember to stay hydrated. Drinking an 8 ounce glass of water when you wake up in the morning gets your system ready for the day and jumpstarts your body’s hydration process.
In the Starlight
If you exercise in the evening, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests that you eat a well-balanced meal of protein, fruits and vegetables. You want to eat enough calories to sustain the workout you are going to have after you get off of work. And remember, drinking water is essential to your endurance during your dance workout.
Some examples of simple and complex carbohydrates for your evening meals are:
- Grilled chicken salad with a baked potato
- Black bean burrito with rice, chicken, and veggies
- Turkey wrap
- Chicken pasta (wheat noodles) with light marinara
- Grilled salmon with green salad
- Again: water, water, and more water!
Don’t forget: your water intake is just as important as your food intake. To live well you must eat and drink well. With the right foods, your body will be jamming to Bollywood tunes in no time!