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What to Eat Before You Work Out

Eating Before Exercise for Maximum Results


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  • 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.
  • CLAY10237 - "I guess if you do a 100 mile bike ride, you need to know all that stuff. Most of us don't."

    Everyone is different so you really shouldn't make a general statement like that. Some people, like myself, have issues with their energy level during mid to high intensity workouts.

    I take a 1 hour Zumba class twice a week. I had the hardest time with my energy level dropping after the first 15-20 minutes of class (exactly what the article above mentions). I also can't drink a lot before the class because all the jumping makes me need to pee! ha ha

    I've figured out that *what works best for ME* is to eat a small meal and a banana about an hour before class starts. The meal keeps me from becoming hungry during class and the banana keeps my energy level up for the full hour. I also drink 16-24 ounces of water throughout the class.
  • When I used to go to the gym, I ate oatmeal about 1-2 hours before my workout which seemed to keep me going for workouts of up to one hour. I am now working out at home and find getting in the exercise first thing after I get up ensures that I don't get sidetracked. I am finding that a big glass (about 24 oz) of warm lemon water and a small orange or 1-2 small clementines are enough to see me through my exercise session which will usually last 30-60 minutes. I do eat breakfast immediately after working out - I'm more than ready for it then!
  • CLAY10237
    That's a lot of scientific mumbo jumbo here for me. I have a normal healthy breakfast before going to the gym for a 50 minute moderate work out and drink water during. Also I have a "Tums" before starting for the heartburn, a little calcium, 5 calories. A normal healthy lunch about 2 hours later. I guess if you do a 100 mile bike ride, you need to know all that stuff. Most of us don't.
    What about eating Sardines before working out?
  • Whoops, looks like I've seen this one before, and already commented. I apologize for that. I can't edit it, so I have to add another comment just to apologize. :(
  • Do NOT eat brand name Fig Newtons! Read the ingredients they contain trans fat. Try to find a knock off brand without the hydrogenated oil, you're working out to help your body, don't harm it with trans fat.
    I can not eat before a workout however I have to consume a good quantity of water before during and after otherwise I get so sick

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