Rise and shine for your morning workout but first, fuel up with these breakfast options
Normally, we do our workouts early in the morning. It’s the best time to train because we get to maximize our energy to perform the program properly. But the problem with morning workouts is planning our pre-workout nutrition.
Eating before a workout gives us essential fuel to make it through the last set of our swim training or final kilometer of our bike and run sessions. Working out on an empty stomach is not a good idea. This can make us weak, lightheaded or sluggish. Without food to fuel our workout, muscle tissues are converted into glucose as an energy source, which then causes the breakdown of muscles that may lead to injury.
If you don’t have enough time to prepare a meal for your morning workout, here’s my quick breakfast on-the-go list:
Oatmeal is a 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.
This is a great source of whole grain and carbs. Even just a small amount, according to a certified specialist in sports dietetics can sustain you. 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. But be wary of choosing the kind of peanut butter “to avoid unnecessary sugars and oils.”
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.