What to Eat Before and After the Workout?

Besides the workout which you do daily, what you have before and after exercising makes a significant contribution to your health. Your body gets pushed to the full gear due to the heart pumping cardiovascular exercises. For enjoying and having a great benefit of intense workout, you need to give a slight attention to what you are consuming. Stopping the hunger or the craving for something to eat, especially after exercising, and consuming food before workout would provide you enough energy, improve your endurance and the strength of your muscles. So, you can burn more calories and improve your concentration.

It is important that the food which you consume before eating or prior to the workout session has to be high in fiber and light, as it has to be easier to digest. Just make sure to avoid all kind of fatty food as such food items will be difficult to digest. Such food will make your body to draw blood to the stomach for digesting the food. And this could lead to unnecessary pain and cramps while you are working out.

Instead try to go for food which gives enough fuel to enhance the workout without making you tired and lazy. Some of the best food items are fresh fruits like oranges, apples, grapes, energy bar, fruit juices, sports drinks, boiled eggs, vegetable juices, cereal with milk, etc. It is also important that when you are eating you should know how much to eat. Consuming too much food can make you feel nauseous, sluggish, and this could ultimately make your performance impaired.

Even the timing when you eat plays a significant role. If you have eaten your food six to seven hours ago and then go for work out, the body will become weak and tired. Consuming food two hours before the workout session will enable the body to get full energy from the nutritious food which gets digested properly. In addition, you need to have at least one or two glasses of water thirty minutes before working out. Your body gets to function better and it would help in avoiding the dehydration which often one feels after a workout session. If your body is properly nourished and hydrated, then you can have a great workout.

Furthermore, it is necessary to pay a lot of attention to what kind of exercise works great for you. Sometimes you may feel the beverages and food consumed by you are quite different from your partners and friends. Try to do some experiments and see for yourself on how they work. Foodstuffs like fruits have got abundance of vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants, etc. Such things provide a great amount of health benefits like detoxifying the body.

Detoxed food items consist of liquid beverages from vegetables and fruit sources which assist in flushing out the toxins from our body, and helping in keeping the digestive tracks function and giving nutrients.

To conclude, try to select the fluids and food which can replenish the glycogen and provide the required nourishment which makes your body healthy.


Saravavan Nadarajan (Vanan)

Vanan, fitness expert and leader at EzFit Singapore, specializes in holistic training—home-based, boot camps, and corporate fitness—with over a decade of industry experience.