Tips for eating before exercise

October 12, 2009 @ 12:50 pm posted by

Knowing how much and when to eat before exercise can help make the most of your workout. Coordinate your meals and snacks to help maximize your exercise routine.

Eat small meals three to four hours before exercise. Snacks should be eaten 30 to 60 minutes before exercise. Be sure to eat a light snack after vigorous exercise to help your body recover. As always, drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.

Avoid eating snacks that are high in sugar. Some healthy ideas include the following:

  • Apple or banana slices and peanut butter
  • Baked potato with cheese melted on top
  • Carrot and celery sticks with dressing
  • Cottage cheese with fresh or canned fruit
  • Dry cereal with dried fruit
  • Energy bars or granola bars
  • Granola with low fat milk and a banana
  • Instant oatmeal made with low fat milk and dried fruit
  • Crackers and hummus (garbanzo bean dip)
  • Pudding and graham crackers
  • Yogurt and canned fruit
  • Peanut butter and crackers
  • Fruit smoothies
  • Whole grain bagel with peanut butter or yogurt
  • Whole grain cheese and crackers

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