Breakfasts are better before a workout

By RV Merano

Normally, we do our workout routines early in the morning. It’s the best time to train because you get to maximize your energy to perform the workout program properly. But the problem with early-morning training is planning your pre-workout nutrition.

Eating before a workout gives you essential fuel to make it through the last set of your swim training or final kilometer of your bike and run sessions. Working out on an empty stomach is not a good idea. This can make you weak, light-headed or sluggish. Without food to fuel your workout, muscle tissues are converted into glucose as an energy source. This causes the breakdown of your muscles that may lead to injury.

If you don’t have enough time to prepare your meal in the morning, here’s my quick breakfast on-the-go list:

Oatmeal. Good source of carbs and fiber. Add a spoonful or two of peanut butter for extra protein and good fat. This will keep your tummy satisfied during workouts.

 

Cereal. Great source of whole grain and carbs. Some prefer using low-fat milk, but personally I like full-cream milk. If you’re lactose intolerant, use soy milk. It will be easier on the stomach.

 

Peanut butter sandwich. It has carbohydrates, a good amount of protein, and just the right amount of fat. I sometimes add jam for that extra kick.

It’s best to eat your breakfast at least an hour before your workout. But you can time it any way you like. Just remember, the closer you get to a workout, the simpler the meal should be.