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Getting ready to work out is often the hardest part of exercising. You need a plan, a place to do it, the right kind of clothes, good shoes, and enough energy.

Caffeine can help you feel more energetic — but so can certain foods.

Chris Jordan is the exercise physiologist who came up with the 7-minute workout routine designed to give you the benefits of a sweaty bike ride and a trip to the gym in just a few minutes. He says it’s important to fuel your body properly before working out.

To avoid feeling burned out a few minutes into your routine or exhausted afterwards, Jordan recommends two specific snacks.

The first, which should be eaten 1-2 hours before hitting the gym, should score low on the glycemic index.

Foods with a low glycemic index score, which dietitians often refer to as “low-glycemic” foods, can help keep energy levels steady by making sure your blood sugar…