Want Better Workout Results? Eat These Foods And Drinks Before Exercising

Beets Make Your Workout Sessions Longer

If you want to push yourself harder during exercise, eat beets beforehand. During a 2012 study, researchers observed people who ate beets 15 minutes before a workout. Beets lowered the amount of oxygen that the body needed to work out. As a result, participants lifted heavier and pushed themselves harder, says the study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

A farmer holds a freshly-rooted beet.

Beets can pull this off through their dietary nitrates, which convert nitric oxygen in the body. This improves blood flow and VO2 max, a fancy term for endurance. According to Registered Dietitian Heather Steele, juiced beets are more effective than whole beets.