Ready to totally rock your next workout? Then it’s time to double up on your fave on-the-go fruit
If you want a better workout, you may want to add bananas to that morning smoothie, says a new study published in the Journal of Proteome Research.
After fasting overnight, 20 male cyclists drank only water or consumed water with pears or bananas before cycling 75 kilometers at high intensity. Those who consumed water with fruit experienced a 50 percent faster recovery than those who consumed water alone. They were also faster and had more energy and focus.
So what’s the deal with the dopamine? Exercise generally causes an elevated aerobic metabolism, which then increases the production of damaging molecules called free radicals. The dopamine stimulation from the fruit helps improve antioxidant capacity, according to Nieman, which in turn combats the damaging effects of free radicals.
Want to reap the benefits of fruit for a better workout of your own? Of course, you do. In order to experience a similar experience to those athletes analyzed in the study, consume a half-banana with a cup of water 15 to 20 minutes before your workout. To sustain performance that lasts over an hour (think athletic competition, long bike rides, half-marathons, and beyond), eat an additional half-banana every 15 minutes during exercise.