I'm just like you - when I get up and jog in the mornings, I don't stop to eat anything before I go. First, it makes me sick to my stomach to eat and them immediately go jog (or any other type of exercise). Second - when I get up early to work out, that's what I want to do, not stop and eat. I'm usually tight on time and can fix something or grab something to go when I get back (fruit, yogurt, power bar, etc).
As long as you eat something afterwards, I think that's most important, as long as you're not struggling because you have an empty somach!
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9,689 6/15/12 10:32 A
Don't force yourself to eat if you don't feel lke you need it. While it is important to fuel up, if you're not doing extended runs (like more than 3 miles) or very intense, long-duration workouts, you may not need it! I used to not. Now that I'm hitting the gym for more than an hour at a time, or doing very intense workouts, I do need something. I still don't feel like eating, so I'll grab a protein shake to keep my blood sugar up, then eat something more substantial after.
You won't lose more or less weight depending on when you eat, so eat when you're comfortable, and when your body wants you too. It'll tell you! If you find yourself hitting the wall during your workouts, running out of steam and energy... then it's time to push yourself to eat beforehand.
Heather Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
Fitness Minutes: (29,278)
6/15/12 9:29 A
Agreed! Eat or don't - do what feels good. But drink plenty of water, while and/or after you walk. If you walk for more than 90 minutes you need to drink during, but for less than that you can replenish when you get back.
~ ~ Terri ~ ~
My goal is to have more fitness minutes than SparkPoints! I strive to be a body in motion, each and every day.
Water...def! I drink 20oz during and another 20 when i get home.
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6/15/12 9:16 A
A lot of people who work out in the morning have that issue. Just do what works for you. Since you're only doing a 30 minute walk/jog, not a 20-mile marathon training run, if eating after your workout is what works, stick with it. I would definitely drink some water, though. You're body has been without it for several hours and really needs it.
I get up and am ready for my walk/jog about 7:30 a.m. to avoid the heat here in South Florida. I have read that eating before a workout is a plus, but I just can't seem to do that. I'm not hungry! My routine is: up at 7, out the door at 7:30, back by 8:30, shower and by 9-9:30 I'm finally ready for breakfast. I've tried getting up earlier to eat, but, again, not hungry. I have even tried to eat part of my breakfast before the workout, but it is forced. Any suggestions? I know I need fuel for the fire, but I shouldn't feel like I'm forcing my self to eat a banana or toast before working out.....I feel like a kid again trying to clean my dinner plate! :)
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