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What to Eat Before You Work Out

Eating Before Exercise for Maximum Results

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  • Good information and so important to stay hydrated!
  • Very useful ideas thanks!
  • This is a challenge as I can only have 35-50 carbs/day. Hardboiled egg is good idea.
  • Useful ideas if you have the required food at home already.
  • Excellent suggestions to help start the day and process right... thanks!
  • Great ideas. Thank you.
  • Find activities that you love doing and you'll enjoy exercising.
  • Depends on the workout
  • Excellent ideas...thanks
  • MUSICNUT
    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!
  • KELLY_R
    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.

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