Should I eat before I workout and if so, WHAT?!?

August 25, 2016by

Your choice in what to eat depends largely upon the type of activity you will be participating in. Medium to high intensity workouts that will last about an hour, such as a 3-6 mile run, a boot camp or personal training session, call for simple carbohydrates. For these types of workouts, your body requires fuel that burns quickly and is easy to digest. Some suggestions include:

  • Dates
  • Bananas
  • Mangoes
  • Pineapple
  • Chopped papaya with fresh lime
  • Add some water or coconut water, and all of the above could easily be blended into a smoothie for a quick and simple breakfast option.
    If you’re planning a workout that will be more intense than the above and extend from 1-3 hours, such as a marathon or half marathon, you should add additional healthy protein and fat in an easy to digest form. This will improve your endurance in moderate to long events as well as extend the time you need to refuel. Here are some suggestions:
  • Banana with almond butter and raw honey
  • Sprouted whole wheat wrap with mashed avocado and sea salt
  • Vega, Pure, or other high quality food/energy bar (both sold at Whole Foods)
  • Trail mix made with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit (possible ingredients: walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, blueberries, raisins, and cranberries)
  • Fresh fruit (like papaya or pineapple) with a handful of walnuts or almonds

Eating and exercise go hand in hand. Just keep in mind that the duration and intensity of your activity will dictate how often and what you should eat and drink!

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