Some people can eat an entire meal before working out. I am most certainly not one of those people. In fact, it would be quite unpleasant (for me and people around me) if I decided to do this.
I exercise first thing in the morning, so I rarely eat before working out: first, because I don't have time, and second, because eating so early in the morning makes me nauseous.
But some fitness exerpts recommend eating before exercising because they say it can give you more energy and help you to last longer, especially during a hard workout...
It is possible to "train" yourself to eat before working out. I actually did this last summer when I was training for a race. I was getting light-headed during some of my longer morning runs and found that if I ate a small, healthy snack before running, I felt stronger and felt better.
But I had to start with teeny tiny portions, and work up from there. My first few runs post-eating were not pretty, but I got better as the summer continued.
Here are few good foods to eat before exercising (recommended to me by my local running store):
- Small banana
- Small apple
- 1 cup non-fat or low- fat yogurt
- Half a slice of wheat toast spread with 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- Small handful of trail mix (with nuts, raisins, etc.)
Do you eat before working out?