The Definitive Guide On What to Eat Before a Morning Workout

I tend not to eat anything before doing my morning exercise. However there are certain situations where you are required to eat your breakfast. This guide will help you plan your meal ahead of your morning workout.

Certain sounds are welcome during a grueling workout, like breathless panting or a high-energy “woo!” But stomach growls? Not so much.

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Even if you’re not normally a breakfast eater, eating something before you move will likely boost your performance. (First, you have to become a morning person, though.) When you roll out of bed, your body has fasted for eight or more hours, so your energy supplies are depleted. Your muscles need glycogen (the way the body stores carbs) to fuel exercise—so you want to make sure to take in some carbohydrates to refill your tank, says registered dietitian Robyn Kievit Kirkman. Ideally, you’ll eat a mix of carbs and protein an hour before you sweat. The carbs give you a kick of energy, and protein will help that energy last longer.

But what exactly should you eat pre-workout? That depends on the type of exercise you’re gearing up for. (This 20-minute workout is a surefire way to start your day right if you’re looking for morning movement inspiration.) Consider this your breakfast fuel cheat sheet.

If your workout is…low intensity
Less intense morning workouts, such as barre or yoga classes, don’t call for quite as much food as other more taxing routines. You should fuel up with 30g of carbs and 8g of protein, says Kievit Kirkman. A banana with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter should do the trick.

Read more: https://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/healthy-eating/tips/what-eat-before-morning-workout

 

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