Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Pre-Morning Workout Fueling

Since posting my Morning Workout Tips, I have had a few people ask me what they should eat before hitting the gym in the morning. I am going to be 100% honest and tell you that when I go to CrossFit at 5:30am, I do not eat anything. It is just too early for me to even think about food. However,when I was marathon training, I HAD to eat something before long runs or else I would start to feel drained instantly. Back then I had a few go-to snacks that I would eat about 30 minutes before heading out the door. 
The key to pre-workout fueling is to keep your snacks small and bland. Stomachs and GI tracts get irritated easily when exercising. You also want to avoid foods that are rich or heavy. Snacks that end up being a full meal will bog you down and keep you from running your fastest or crushing that metcon. Plus who wants to negate all the work they are about to do with a calorie  ridden snack? A small, well-timed and nutritious snack can help you run faster, workout harder, and get stronger! 

Here are a few easy snacks that I used in my past and I hope they can get you started on finding your perfect pre-workout fuel.

Light Snacks < 150 Calories
(Perfect for a Shorter Run (less than 6 miles) or A Fitness Class)
-Half a banana
-Half a Clif Bar
-Handful of almonds
-String cheese
-Handful of Dry Cereal


Heavier Snacks > 200 Calories < 300 Calories
(Perfect for Heavier Metcon or Longer Run)
-Toast with Nut Butter (I prefer peanut butter)
-Whole Clif Bar & Half Banana
-2 Hard Boiled Eggs and a slice of watermelon
-Homemade Trail Mix (handful of almonds and 1/4 cup of dried fruit)

Everyone is different. The important thing is to pick the snack that works the best for you.

What are some of your favorite pre-workout snacks?

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