Fitness Minutes: (10,645)
419 10/16/13 2:18 P
I eat after because eating and then working out upsets my stomach. I've never been much of a breakfast person anyway. Food in the morning is not that appealing. I like to be up several hours before I actually eat anything.
Fitness Minutes: (29,299)
847 10/16/13 2:11 P
Yep, it's totally personal preference. I get up at 5am to run. I can't run within at least an hour of eating, and there's no way I'm going to get up at 4 just so I can eat first. I've run as far as 10 miles on an empty stomach and had no issues, but I usually take a Gu at 8 miles if I'm running that long.
For a race, when I'm naturally getting up well before I'll be running, I'll have something like a banana an hour or two before the start of the race. Anything more than that and I feel too full to do well.
I usually eat a bagel with peanut butter after my runs.
It is really your choice. It would be based on your tolerance for food in the morning, the type of foods you eat, and the amount. The type of workout/intensity also comes into play. The majority of the energy for your workout comes from your stored energy (glycogen); not the foods you just ate. These foods are probably still in your belly trying to digest.
Becky Your SP Registered Dietitian
Fitness Minutes: (6,555)
2,277 10/15/13 4:28 P
I basically roll out of bed and into the gym so eating something bigger than a couple of raisins doesn't really work for me because I'm generally still satisfied from what I ate the previous night. But like the PP said, you have to figure out what works for you, there's no right way to do it.
You need energy to work out. Energy comes from calories. Therefore, eating before a workout = energy for exercise. That being said...many people find it difficult to exercise on a full stomach, myself included. You might need to experiment a little to see what works for you. I find that eating a hard-boiled egg before a race can really put a bounce in my step and doesn't make me feel gross when I run. Afterwards I'll have what would have been the other half of my breakfast, like whole wheat toast and some fruit to help me recover.
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