An apple a day keeps the doctor away right?
An apple a day will also help you improve your boxing!
When it comes to pre-workout snacks, people always ask me what’s the best thing to eat.
Whatever your goal; sports performance, fat loss, or better health, apples are top of my pre-workout snack list. When I used to fight I’d have an apple within an hour before I fought.
1. Endurance and Energy Extender
Apples will boost your endurance before a workout. They contain certain anti-oxidants that aid endurance by making oxygen available to the lungs.
When we’re tired we huff n’ puff for air in the lungs, when that air is steadily available to us, we can be more explosive and fight for longer.
What else do we need endurance for? Keeping those hands up high, the more tired we get, the harder it is to keep that defense high and hands loaded ready to go. Anytime I fought, I always felt so focused and energized eating an apple beforehand. Apples definitely help keep the brain switched on and the hands firing fast.
2. They’ll Keep You Slim
Nutrients in an apple’s skin contain acids that boost calorie burn. Apples are also a negative calorie food which means you’ll burn more calories than an apple contains just by digesting it. They also are a slow digesting fruit which will help you feel fuller for longer, which will help if you’re cutting calories.
3. Strengthens Your Immune System
Like I mentioned before, the antioxidants in apples contain so many benefits. Their health benefits on our immune system have shown us its helps relieve the symptoms of allergies, runny nose, watery eyes, and swelling of the face. They have been associated with lowering risks of stroke, diabetes, and lowering bad cholesterol.
4. Improves Neurological Health
Everyone’s brain health is important, but boxers even more so, since we get punched in the head on the daily. Tests have showed that nutrients in apples help reduce cellular death caused by inflammation of neurons. They’ll help your memory and help prevent Dementia, another reason boxers should eat those apples!
5. Decrease The Risk Of Diabetes
Apples along with other red, blue, and purple fruits and veggies are in the class of antioxidants are linked with a lower risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Keeping you healthier for longer.