Snacks You Could Eat Before Exercise

By StuartR 2

Maximise your workout and performance, and don’t train on an empty stomach.
For your workout, whether it be lifting, running, or cycling you need to make sure your body is fuelled, to provide a stream of energy during exercise to stop you from becoming faint and in worse case passing out.

Here are some healthy snack ideas you could try.

Rich in fast acting carbohydrates that will provide you with a good fuel source for a workout. Also, rich in potassium which can help aid in maintaining muscle and nerve function.

High in fibre and provide a steady release of carbohydrates into your bloodstream.

Fruit Smoothies:
Great tasting pre-workout snack which can contain lots of different ingredients and can be made to your taste.

Dried Fruit:
Great option if you are in a rush to get to the gym for your workout. Dried fruit is light and won’t sit on your stomach. The simple carbs will provide you with instant energy without weighing you down.

Greek Yogurt:
High in protein and containing more protein than normal yogurt and less sugar. This should provide you with an energy boost that is easy on the stomach.

Other foods you could also try are rice cakes, nuts or granola bars.

PhD Products:
PhD Flapjack, PhD Protein Water and PhD Smart Bar. These are products that we sell at the club and can be purchased at reception. Either great for pre-and post-workout.

Crash diets are unlikely to result in long-term weight loss. In fact, they can sometimes lead to longer term weight gain. The main problem is that this type of diet is too hard to maintain. You might also be missing out on essential nutrients as crash diets can be limited in a variety of food consumed. Your body will be low on energy and may cause you to crave high-fat and high-sugar foods. This can lead to eating these foods and more calories than you need, causing weight gain. (Source NHS UK)



author: StuartR


Is there an optimum time to eat before doing an exercise class, should we not eat within a certain time before a class?


Hi Paul if you are hoping to get a little extra fuel before you work out as you have not eaten much that day then it’s generally ok to boost your energy with a light snack say 100-200 calories nothing too heavy on the stomach before exercise like a banana. However, a larger meal 2 or even 3 hours before.

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