When you’re working out it’s important to have the right fuel. In this blog, we’re going to look at the best things to eat to make the most of your workout.
If you’re going to be working out, I’d advise not eating directly before you go. If you are going to eat, do it at latest half an hour before you start and if you do, try these foods:
Oats are high in fibre, which slowly releases carbohydrates into your bloodstream. A steady stream of carbs is essential to not feeling tired and will help you in your workout. They are also rich in B vitamins which help convert carbs into energy. Gordon Strachan swore by porridge and bananas when he was s footballer and played in England’s top division until he was 40, so they have a good real-world track record.
Bananas are rich in digestible carbohydrates and are packed with potassium which aids in maintaining nerve and muscle function. The body doesn’t store potassium for long, so a banana before your workout will fuel you up and keep you energised for your workout
Fruit and Yoghurt
Carbohydrates are our body’s go to fuel and fruit is full of them. They will break down quickly and give you the energy you need for your workout. Greek yoghurt is also full of protein, which will help to repair your muscles when you’ve finished working out. This combination is perfect for a pre-workout snack.
Wholemeal bread is a great source of carbohydrates and it’s very versatile because you can add your own toppings like jam, honey or boiled eggs. If you’re going to work out at lunchtime then eat three slices of bread with some lean meat about 45 minutes before you start your workout. That should keep you fuelled up for your workout.
These are just some of the foods that are great to eat before working out, and there are a whole lot more. Do your research and you can supplement these to mix it up a bit.