Some athletes grab bananas or sports drinks before a workout and some stick to water. What about you? Do you have a favorite food or drink before your workouts or competition? Share your favorite pre-exercise meal or drink ideas with other sports medicine readers. Share Your Favorites
- i take 500ml strawberry flavour of yoghurt and of course plenty of water before the race.
- —Guest dommie
- Check out this source and the performance improvement effect size! Carbohydrate Feeding before Exercise: Effect of Glycemic Index
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- I prefer drinking pap made from maize with beanscake before exercise or sport
- —Guest akanji musefiu
- Several studies have found honey to be just as effective as the designer carb gels, and contains many healthy trace nutrients. Many studies have also been done on caffeine helping endurance and it's even athletes in the olympics are limited to how much they can use.
- —Guest Anonymous
- I toast the multi seeded slice of bread, spread with peanut butter & half sliced banana hour before class I teach and feel like I've put in energizer batteries!!
- —Guest banana, peanut butter & mulit seed bread
High cardio, Swiming, Running
- I eat a large organic meal of carbs and protein four hours prior to a workout. And peanut butter on whole wheat sandwich a little over an hour before a workout. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and during your workout. Sports drinks are ok if doing a long endurance workout, due to the electrolytes. Keep in mind everyone's body is different. The key to nutrition is knowing your body and your reactions. Its all about trial and error to truly learn how your body performs under what circumstances.
- —Guest Nate
- My favorite before teaching a class is a bowl of cream of wheat with 1/2 of a banana, about 1 1/2 hours before class, with 8 oz of water. Afterward, a good quality protein bar or yogurt, I prefer Soy protein, just what my body can tolerate. Lots of WATER!!
- —Guest Letizia
- Trying to find what and when to eat for competition has taken practice & patience. Cold cereal w/ fresh fruit + water and either tuna/salmon or lean turkey patty (for protein) 2 hrs before, plenty of H20 and gatorade
- —Guest Andrea
spin, weight training and pilates/yoga
- I take 3 classes in a row every Saturday. I usually have a healthy full meal the evening before. In the morning a banana, coffee and water. I continue to drink water throughout the classes. It works for me!
- Pasta with tuna Mixture. Do not forget the consumption of high-quality liquid.
- —Guest Murat Can Sozeri
- I usually eat a variety of things before a big swim meet. I have found that if I eat a PB&J about 3 hours before, drink a teensy bit of gatorade- not too much or you'll have "the crash"- and then water from there on, i do the best. A BIG breakfast is essential, and then maybe a banana an hour and a half before the meet?? But just remember- it should be personalized to work the best for you, you need to experiment.
- —Guest Grace Anne
- Banana smoothie: a ripe banana, skimmed milk, spoon of wheatgerm and a spoon of porridge oats. Whizz together in a blender. Lovely slow releasing carbs and very easily digested.
- —Guest Super Chunk
My favorite food before workout
- I eat a small yogurt, give me a good energy to burn in my workout
- —Guest Maverick
- My recipe is a Cliff Bar, Banana and 1 Cup of coffee 45 minutes to an hour prior to my ride. I find that if I ride 10 miles, or 20 miles, I don't feel hungry or lose energy. Gels have never worked well for me. I have tried several different kinds and each one was good for about an hour to an hour+15 and then I just went downhill (no pun intended) huge.
- —Guest Pino
Good carb + potassium
- I love eat oat meal with mashed bananas, some nuts... and you are good to go!
I put in a bowl 4 spoons of oat meal and some skin milk, put it in microwave for 1 min, wait 'till soft then add mashed bananas and sunflower seed or cashews or almonds or all of them... cinamon... perfect!
It tastes good, it has good carbohydrate to give you energy, potassium to prepare your muscles for workout, whem I get back I eat a protein... boiled egg or anything else
- —Guest Juliana