Eating both before and after exercise has their benefit, depending on a variety of factors. These factors include: What type of exercise? How long of a workout are you planning? What is your fitness level? Do you have any health issues that may impact the digestion of food? What have you already consumed? When did you last eat? Clearly, the answers to the above questions will impact WHEN you should eat for a workout session.
Ideally, you should eat a balanced diet daily so your body is prepared for daily activity and for exercise. Eating a large meal takes approximately 3-4 hours to digest, 2-3 hours for a moderate sized meal, and about 1 hour for a small meal. If your workout lasts less than an hour, easily digested foods pre-workout are recommended. Low fat, high carb choices such as whole grain breads, cereals, vegetables and fruit are good choices.
In general, eat a complete breakfast, plan your meals 3-4 hours before a strenuous workout, don
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