Archive for May, 2012
Is it better for me to eat before or after I workout?
In my opinion, it really depends on what time you’re working out. For early workouts right after you wake up in the morning and your blood sugar is at its lowest, I feel that you are better off at least having something small to fuel yourself for the workout. That way you can workout harder and get more out of it. A small glass of juice, coconut water, or a piece of fruit should work for people that have a hard time eating early in the morning. In this case you should make sure to eat both protein and carbs within the 45 minutes immediately following your workout to help aid in recovery.
Assuming that you have eaten some carbs during the day, an evening workout doesn’t necessarily require a pre-workout meal. This is because your body will store sugar in the form of glycogen in your liver. That glycogen can be converted back into glucose for quick energy usage. Again, I do suggest trying to get your next meal in within 45 minutes of that workout.
If you do choose to eat before your workout, make sure to give yourself about 1 1/2 hours before you start to exercise so that you don’t get nauseous.