So, you’ve decided to up your workout routine by getting an early start. Or maybe you’ve decided to start your first morning workout routine. Either way, you probably don’t want to start your new routine with a full-flown breakfast, but you will need sustenance to complete the best workout possible. So, whether your morning workout begins at 4 a.m. or 7:00 a.m. or later in the morning, here are so tips on what to eat for optimal nutrition as well as results.
Eating vs. Fasting as Part of Your Morning Routine
You may find when your morning workout is super early, 4:00 a.m. or so, you may not be hungry at all. A few people have more effective morning workouts while still fasting. For most people, there are only a few foods that enhance their workout, provides the needed energy, and helps with post-workout fatigue. Now, let’s get to choosing the best foods to eat before your morning workout.
What to Eat Before Your Morning Workout
Eating (fueling) before your morning workout helps energize you and keeps you from dragging your way through the workout. Eating the right breakfast means less muscle breakdown and serves to enhance the quality and intensity of your workout. The best option is a smaller meal (more of a snack) unless you are rising early enough to eat a full breakfast, wait 90 minutes to digest sufficiently, and then work out.
For you, this may mean getting up even earlier, but instead, you could simply have smaller portions than you would choose in a normal, non-workout day breakfast. In doing so, you decrease the time needed to digest.
If you are among the earliest of risers in the morning, you’ll want a breakfast that is quick and easy – to prepare and eat! The goal here is to get the right balance of protein and carbs in small quantities to fuel your workout and boost your energy. Try eating these super easy options before your early morning workout:
- A hardboiled egg with ½ piece of toast
- Chocolate milk (fast and easy)
- A teaspoon of your favorite nut butter and ½ banana
- A teaspoon of cream cheese, goat cheese, or another favorite on ½ mini bagel
- Dried fruit (1/4 cup)
- A couple of bites of cereal (choose a lower sugar option)
- A few sips of real fruit juice
If your workout comes a bit later (no judgment here – sleep is important for your health too!) then consider these options:
- Choose one of the above options in slightly larger portions paired with a cup of coffee
- Avocado on whole grain toast
- Jelly on whole grain toast
- A protein bar
- Oatmeal with low-fat or protein nut milk
- A smoothie with pre-workout supplement, fruit, power greens, and low-fat or protein nut milk
- Boiled eggs and whole grain toast
Keep in mind, that whatever you choose, prepare your breakfast selection before bed, so you can easily grab and go in the morning.
Make the Best Choice for You
No one knows your body like you – from food to sleep to exercise – make the choice that works best for you. Doing so will help you stay motivated and energetic for your morning workout. And, we’re always ready to help, so please feel free to contact us – NW Women’s Fitness Club for advice on what to eat before your next morning workout.