I get asked the question of ‘what do you eat before an EARLY morning workout’ a lot ESPECIALLY when we start to head indoors as the weather gets colder, wetter and snowier. SO, I thought I would take the opportunity to let you all in on what I do and why.
Here are my tips to make your early morning workout meal a success!
(1) Keep it simple, small and light. By morning you will not have eaten from anywhere between 8 to 10 hours. Your muscle glycogen stores will be a-ok provided you are eating a well-balanced whole foods diet. HOWEVER, what will be depleted (mostly) is your liver glycogen stores which means your blood/sugar levels will be really low. We want to top that up! We’ve gotta feed the brain so it can focus on the tasks at hand right? Right! We want to have just enough to perk us up and give us focus for our workout.
(2) Eat as soon as you get up and then get yourself ready. In an ideal world, you would have at least an hour before your workout BUT when we’re doing EARLY morning workouts that becomes a challenge. So, to help with that, the first thing we should do is get into the kitchen for some water and a quick bite. Then carry on getting yourself and your belongings together after. Rise and shine sweet pea!!!
(3) Pre-workout meals should be high in simple and complex carbohydrates, have a little bit of protein and a little bit of fat. This means going to your greasy spoon pre-ride or run is probably not the best idea if you want to feel good and energetic during your workout. I know…I may have burst some bubbles!!! Sorry…I mean…you’re welcome! And don't worry, you don't have time to go there THIS EARLY anyway!
(4) Examples of what to eat. I will usually eat one of the following if it’s a really EARLY workout:
And so there you have it. You are now set up for success for your early morning workouts!
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