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What to Eat Before You Work Out

Eating Before Exercise for Maximum Results


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  • Great ideas. Thank you.
  • Find activities that you love doing and you'll enjoy exercising.
  • Depends on the workout
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  • Excellent ideas...thanks
    Thank you for an informative article!
  • I recently took a free online course from the olympic commitee on what to eat before and after exercise if it is around 60 minutes. For regular exercise,after the exercise not intense training what they advise is a peanut butter and jam sandwich after with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and 2 tablespoons of jam or something with 50g carbohydrate and 20g of protein, before exercise it also advised to have a small amount of fast carbs.something with sugar if possible. I can not drink a lot of water before exercise as it will go through my body in 30 minutes. I drink a bottle of Gatorade before exercise,advised through this commitee and pharmacy to do this. I add some extra salt to it. The salt will help to keep the water in your system while you exercise. After and during I drink water.My electrolytes are low,sugar and salt in it helped raise my blood pressure to 100/65 so I can exercise. Without it it is 80/50 and can not exercise. I half to add at least a tsp. of salt daily to my foods to keep my blood pressure around 100.
  • This article gives you great ideas on what you eat before you workout!
    The one time where I made very conscious choices to put in some calories before a workout was when I was training to do a half marathon. When my mileage during training increased, I found I really needed to give my body some quick-burn fuel to use. Usually my pre-training meal was 1/3 cup oatmeal with half a banana, some honey and peanut butter. I followed my longer mileage days with an electrolyte drink right after, then a normal breakfast when I got home.

    On a regular day-to-day basis, however, I don't go to extra lengths to make sure I've eaten something specific before doing a workout, as the exercise just isn't quite so lengthy nor intense.

    The only other time I make sure I'm good and fueled up is before long on a long hike - but then I also make sure I pack healthy snacks with me, too.
  • Wow.. Great article. Love all the awesome things to eat before a workout! Wish I could still run, ride and swim!!
    See, right now. I am kinda wanting to build my body up! I see other guys and they are built up and i feel insecure. With what you said about calories maintainance, i think i will watching out on this. Thank you so much! I am Lamynn From I really like your motivational articles more.
  • Thanks some good tips and ideas to relieve eating boredom.
    Since most of the time I exercise after work, I need a little snack to keep me from focusing on dinner! I find I do well with a little bit of protein and a little bit of complex carbs about 1 hours before. My favorite pre-workout snack is a small Fuji apple and a stick of string cheese.

    On Sundays, I do yoga/stretching in the morning and usually do that before breakfast.
  • I'm not a "morning" person, and I don't even think of food until I've been awake for at least 40 minutes. Since I'm diabetic I test first thing, then have my morning "drink" of warm lemon water and a cup of coffee containing 1 tsp. coconut oil and 1 ounce of low-fat milk. I make it a point to eat at least an hour before I go to Zumba and I find that I do best with eating an egg and toast or 1/2 c non-fat cottage cheese with a serving of fruit and a slice of toast along with a cup of black coffee. I also normally drink 16 oz of water when I take my vitamins, metformin, etc.

    I also discovered that a 15-minute warm-up on a stationary bike helps prepare me for the class. My routine works for me, and it took a lot of trial and error before I hit on the perfect combination of breakfast foods and exercise warm-up. Bottom line: find an exercise you love (so that you'll continue to do it) and really pay attention to how your body reacts to your pre-exercise routine so you can tweak your routine for an optimal performance.

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