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Do you run? What do you like to eat before?

Asked by guesswho (133points) September 26th, 2008 from iPhone

I just joined a gym, and I’m working on my cardio. Do you have a good ” workout fuel ” that you could suggest?

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sundayBastard's avatar

I run and do calisthenics in the morning. On an empty stomach(which is always the best way, unless your trying to bulk up). You gotta earn your breakfast!

You should not eat anything an hour or two before you run. Just stay hydrated and I mean the last thing that touches your lips before you go to bed should be water. And when you wake up, it should be the first thing that touches your lips.

A good protein drink immediately(within 45 min) after is always good.

Don’t be tricked into buying crazy supplements!

La_chica_gomela's avatar

It all depends. Think about when you’re going to work out in relation to when you would normally eat. For example,

-work out first thing in the morning? Don’t eat before.

-work out 2–3 hours after a meal? Just try to make all your meals fairly healthy—not too much fried stuff, vegetables, fruits, whole grains

-4–5 hours after a meal? eat a snack about 2 hours before the work out—> a piece of fruit, a bowl of cereal, a banana with peanut butter, a piece of whole grain toast—

Just make sure whatever you eat before has carbs! Studies show that eating carbs before aerobic exercise (cardio) makes your workout the most effective. I just finished reading this section in my exercise physiology book actually! For whatever you want to do, carbs are your best bet! Basically because they help you do your cardio at a higher level. So you burn more calories, you go faster, you feel better, and your body makes improvements more quickly, so that you can go EVEN faster and burn EVEN MORE calories. (I’m starting to sound like a power thirst commercial (just kidding). But really, carbs really help with this because you can burn energy aerobically longer with carbs. With fats and protein, you go into anaerobic catabolism faster, and that’s bad news.

Good luck!!

cak's avatar

I’d probably get sick if I ran with food on my stomach, but I was always told not to eat and then run – especially since I always like to run in the morning, before breakfast.

I don’t have any other advice…the two ^^^^^above me, nailed it!

Happy running!

Ibrooker's avatar

Yeah, depending on when you’re running or whatever, you always gotta make sure your pretty far into the digestion process before you go out and do some miles. I normally eat a banana or two, some cereal, possibly yogurt (potentially not a great choice), and waffles. Just don’t go out right after that, you’ll feel horrible. So give it at least an hour and then you’re good to go. Eat stuff that you can digest easily (no steaks, sausages…) and even after hydrating don’t go straight out. I go with a 15 minute rule for a big glass of water.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Lbrooker’s got some good tips there!

To expand about the water rule, I actually drink a glass of water right before I walk outside, but my warm up is about 10 minutes, so it’s not a problem. If you’re a beginner, which it sounds like you are, you should DEFINITELY warm up for 10 or 15 minutes, so in that case, you wouldn’t need to worry about hydrating right before heading out.

joan9's avatar

I eat half a power bar if I’m going on a long run (6 or more miles), and bring gels along in case I need them at the 6 or 8 mile mark. if it’s a short run (less than 4 miles) i don’t feel the need to eat anything.

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