By Laura Briggs
A pre-workout meal can help you to get the best out of your session, giving you energy to achieve more, and prevent low blood sugar during exercise. Here are some of the best foods to eat to maximise your workout:
A form of slow release energy, oats - such as a bowl of porridge - are full of fibre and B vitamins. For the best results eat around 30 minutes before you intend to workout.
A real friend to the athlete, bananas are packed with carbohydrates which are easily digestible as well as potassium which aids good nerve and muscle function. Potassium doesn’t last long in the body so eating a banana in the morning keeps your nutrient level topped up.
Full of carbs, this healthy bread will give you energy for your workout. Top it off with a poached egg for added protein, or with some honey or jam for even more fuel.
Not only do they taste delicious, but fruit smoothies contain easily digestible carbohydrates and high quality protein. Mix fruit with fruit juice and low fat yoghurt for a great vitamin packed start to your workout.
It’s best to eat at least 30 minutes before you do exercise, to allow your body to digest and absorb the nutrients from your food. Also, it’s not easy working out on a full and heavy stomach! Avoid quick fix energy foods – sweets, and energy drinks are good for marathons and long drawn out exercise sessions, but they could make you crash out mid-workout.
Eating the right foods before your workout could see you performing far better than if you didn’t eat beforehand.
it can be tricky - don't want to exercise hungry, but certainly don't want a full stomach. These are handy compromises. Where would we be without bananas?
I have porridge about 8am and run or go to the gym 3 times a week around 9am. Works for me! Plenty of energy and no stomach ache.
I never go anywhere without a banana these days - or a whole bunch for the family. It's the most convenient snack there is and comes in its own packaging - what more could you want?