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Try Watermelon for Your Pre Workout Fuel


WRITTEN BY: BodyChangers
Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Nothing says summer quite like biting into a juicy bit of sweet watermelon. Besides enjoying it at your next cookout, you should also consider adding watermelon to your pre-workout for a quicker recovery. At a mere 40 calories per cup, this fruit packs quite a nutritional boost making it the perfect snack for before and after your workout.

Watermelon is the perfect fuel for your workout.

Why Use Watermelon for Pre Workout?

Here are a couple of reasons watermelon makes for a great pre-and post-workout snack:

  1. It contains amino acid citrulline, which promotes blood flow, leading to improved circulation and reduces muscle soreness.
  2. It has anti-inflammatory properties to help you recover faster from soreness.
  3. Watermelon is about 90% water so it will keep you hydrated!

In addition watermelon is a significant source of Vitamin A, B6 and C, as well as a source of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. Lycopene is a naturally occurring pigment that gives fruits and vegetables their red color. It has been linked to promoting:

  • Heart health
  • Bone health
  • Prostate cancer prevention

On top of these benefits, watermelon is also fat free, and very low in sodium, making it a guilt-free treat.

Looking for other ways to indulge in your watermelon craving? Try a watermelon slush! Just blend equal parts frozen watermelon and frozen strawberries with orange juice for a thirst-quenching drink.

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UPMC BodyChangers is a weight loss management and support program that helps members achieve their weight loss goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle through an array of exercise classes, education and support groups, and group outings. Based at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, UPMC BodyChangers creates a supportive community of like-minded individuals who want to be happy, healthy, energetic, and fit by taking better care of themselves. Read More