Getting up early to fit a workout into your morning routine can be a difficult task. The last thing you want is for your diet to ruin your workout after you’ve made the effort. Finding the right balance between not eating too much and keeping your body energised can be problematic.
Eating too much will leave you bloated and perhaps unable to even keep the food down. Eat too little and you might find that you have no energy to complete your workout. This can vary from person to person as well as depending on how much time we have.
One of the most important things to consider when eating before a workout is how much time you have to digest the food. Scoffing down a full English breakfast and then going for a run is never going to end well. If you’re waking up in the morning, you usually won’t have time to wait an hour for your food to digest before you start exercising.
The foods you eat before running out the door need to be easy to digest and high in helpful carbohydrates or proteins. If you don’t have much time in the morning here’s a list of some foods that you can scoff down before heading out:
- Dried Fruit
- A cup of Milk (perhaps with a handful or oats or cereal)
- Fruit juice
- Boiled eggs
Munching on these foods is a great way of making sure that you have enough energy to finish your workout in the morning. They are as easy to prepare, eat and digest. What more is needed?
If you have some time to spare in the morning, it can be useful to indulge yourself with a slightly larger breakfast to ensure you are fueled up for your workout. The extra 30 minutes or so will give time for your body to breakdown the foods and keep away fatigue in your workout:
- Few slices of toast w/ peanut butter or jam
- Whey protein shake
- Scrambled eggs
- Rice cakes
Sitting down with a few of these foods and a cup of coffee will ensure that you are ready to go for your workout as long as you have enough time to digest your meal.
Even if you don’t have much of an appetite in the morning, it’s important to have a bite to keep yourself going. Grabbing a banana on your way out can make all the difference when you’re in the second half of your exercise class or your run.
After all, you’re showing impressive commitment to your health by setting that early alarm. Don’t allow small mistakes in your diet to stop you getting all the benefits from your workout!