Food Before Exercise: Tips to Keep You Fueled With Energy

Eating food before exercise has many benefits. It helps to stabilize your blood sugar, which prevents headaches, dizziness and nausea. It also gives you energy and fuel for your muscles.

Here’s what you need to know about eating before walking:

  1. An hour before walking, have a snack that is high in carbohydrates because they are the body’s main source of energy. You can also combine a small amount of protein in your pre-walking snack. And don’t forget to drink water!
  2. Avoid heavy meals that contain large amounts of fat, fiber or protein three hours before exercising. They are difficult to digest and can you give you stomach cramps.

So, what should you eat before walking? Foods that are high in carbohydrates, low in fat and or protein and easy to digest.

Here are some examples of the best snacks to eat before walking:

  • Crackers and a small amount of cheese
  • Bagels
  • Bread
  • Most fresh fruit, particularly, apples, oranges, pears or nectarines
  • Sports drinks or fruit juice
  • Nutrition bars (look for ones that are high in carbohydrates)
  • Oatmeal
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese and fruit
  • Small bowl of cereal with milk

I advise you to experiment with the snacks I’ve suggested above to determine which snacks make you feel the best while walking. While some people have no problem eating right before walking, some people find it uncomfortable to their stomachs to eat even an hour before walking.

Find out what feels best to you by trying a variety of snacks. A pre-workout snack should give you energy , but should not make you feel bloated, tired or just plain sick.

When you have a pre-exercise snack, you’ll find that you have more energy for a great walking workout, can focus and concentrate on your exercise, not your stomach.

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