What Should You Eat BeforeExercising?Just before you exercise, the last thing you want to do is put a
bunch of proteins and fats into your body, even if they’re healthy
proteins and fats. These types of fuels take a long time to digest and
draw precious oxygen and energy-delivering blood into your stomach and
away from your exercising muscles. They also carry a greater risk of
giving you a stomachache during your exercise. But if you don’t eat at
all, you risk breaking down muscle and causing a great deal of stress to
your body during exercise.
The pre-workout meal is consumed about two hours before exercise,
contains about 300-500 calories, and is composed primarily of healthy
carbohydrates. If you don’t have time to eat two hours before, a quick
50-100 calorie snack 5-10 minutes prior to exercise will also be
Try oatmeal, whole-grain cereal, whole-wheat toast, or even sweet
potato or yam as a pre-workout meal eaten two hours before your
workout. If you have to eat directly before your workout, eat an apple or banana.
If that sounds a bit too blah try just a little bit of protein or fat, like a
teaspoon of peanut butter or a small handful of almonds, but just don’t
go overboard and eat heavy before your workout.