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What to Eat Before a Workout

What to Eat Before a Workout

Nutrition and exercise have a significant impact on our overall health, so it’s no wonder they also affect each other. While everyone’s body is different, eating before the gym can greatly influence your performance.

Should You Eat Before a Workout?

Should you eat before a workout?

The short answer is yes. Your body needs fuel to perform properly, and eating is the best way to get the energy you need. You may feel light-headed or lethargic when you don’t have enough food in your system, which can negatively affect your performance during your workout. Consuming the right type and amount of food before the gym can help you work out harder and for longer.

What to Eat Before the Gym — and When to Eat It

The food you eat before a workout can significantly impact how you feel during a session and your ability to reach your goals over time. Several factors can help you determine the best pre-workout food, from the length of your workout to its intensity. You’ll also want to consider the timing of your meals to make sure your body has time to digest and absorb the nutrients.

Light Snack

A light snack containing carbohydrates, such as a banana or a granola bar, is an excellent energy source before a moderate-intensity short workout. Consider drinking a nutrient-rich fruit smoothie if you have a sensitive stomach in the morning and want to get an early workout in. Eating a light snack 30 to 60 minutes before the gym is best.

Small Meal

If you plan to work out for over an hour in the morning, you will need a more substantial meal. You might opt for a small breakfast like peanut butter on toast, which is loaded with carbs, or whole grain cereal. If you’re having a small meal, you will want to eat one to three hours before your workout.

Large Meal

Timing is everything when eating before the gym. You want to ensure your food has enough time to digest before you start your session, as you may feel sluggish if you’re too full. It’s best to eat large meals such as meat or other foods that are high in protein and fiber three to four hours before the gym.

Reach Your Goals With 5 Bridges Health & Fitness

Nutrition is essential to getting the most out of your workout. Our registered dietician at 5 Bridges Health & Fitness can help you achieve your goals by working with you to create a plan that fits your needs. Schedule an appointment today!

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