When it comes to eating before a workout routine, everybody has their own habits that they swear by. Some people insist on not eating at all before a workout or run, while others can’t imagine heading out on their bike without having bananas for the potassium, or at least a sandwich.
While everybody should follow the regimen they feel is best for them, there are also some general guidelines that you can follow to help you get your stomach to work with the rest of your body.
Check out this list courtesy of Kennedy Fitness: A Jefferson Health Affiliate, the first among fitness centers for Mount Laurel and the surrounding communities.
- Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables
A chicken, rice, and veggie combo is a classic pre-workout meal. Fats, carbohydrates, and protein are your friends before exercise, and this meal will give you all that, plus amino acids that promote muscle growth as well as a source of slow-releasing energy. It is best to eat this meal around about two hours before your workout.
- Porridge and Oatmeal
Porridge and oatmeal are the ideal pre-workout breakfast foods. Chock full of complex carbs, beta-glucan, and soluble fiber, this breakfast should likewise be consumed 2-3 hours before your routine and will provide you with energy throughout your workout. If you want to throw in some potassium and protein, try having your porridge and oatmeal with some bananas and eggs.
- Whole Grains and Sweet Potatoes
These are particularly recommended for those performing endurance activities such as running and biking. Whole grain bread, sweet potatoes, and brown rice are great sources of carbs. If you prefer to eat a sandwich, you could even squeeze in some chicken and veggies for a powerhouse pre-exercise meal.
Okay, so we’ve already mentioned bananas. However, pre-workout meals 1-3 are all heavy, deeply nourishing meals that are best eaten a few hours in advance. In contrast, bananas are the perfect snack for just before a routine. Not only are bananas light and great for getting simple carbs, natural sugars, and potassium, but they’re also excellent for boosting your blood sugar levels and glycogen stores.
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