The best pre workout foods to eat
No matter what your goal is, you’re always going to be looking for ways to improve and be at the top of your game each and every workout. And one thing that can significantly boost performance, as you probably know, is the food you put into your body. But not just post workout, but the food eaten pre workout can have a big impact and help you boost your workouts and take them to the next level.
We’ve looked into some of the best pre workout foods out there. And enlisted the help of our ambassador, personal trainer and fitness expert, Vicky Hadley:
This natural power bar is packed full of potassium, natural sugar and simple carbohydrates. Meaning it’ll be quickly transferred into energy. Making it the perfect pre workout snack to give you that extra push you might need when hitting the gym after a long day at work.
And Vicky completely agrees: “A banana is a great option as it will increase blood sugar levels and the carbohydrates will provide energy during your workout.”
Ask almost any athlete from any field what their breakfast choice is and they’ll tell you a big bowl of natural oats. Maybe even with a few nuts and a banana for that extra measure of key nutrients. Oats make the perfect pre-workout food, provided you eat them at least 2 hours before you workout.
A great source of complex carbs, fibre and beta-glucan – oats not only keep you fuller for longer but they’ll slowly release energy as time goes by.
You probably don’t need reminding what a darn good source of protein, eggs are. Also a great source of amino acids, throw 3 or 4 of them into a pan for a few minutes and you’ve got yourself one hell of a pre workout meal. Similar to their breakfast counterparts, oats, consume at least 2-3 hours before you workout.
Take it away, Vicky:
“Sweet potatoes are a powerhouse of food. They provide a good quality source of carbohydrates, they will keep you fuller for longer and give you the energy to get through a good training session. Opt for it about an hour before working out.”
If you’re a little pushed for time, dried fruits can be the proverbial saviour in giving you a boost of energy before you lace up your gym trainers. Dried fruits are an excellent way of getting some simple carbohydrates into your diet, which means they’re absorbed and turned into energy by our bodies at a quicker rate.
Grab a handful before you leave the house.
Beetroot has found itself making its way into the shopping lists of many fitness gurus for some time now. And with good reason too, the heralded superfood has the ability to improve our blood and oxygen flow to fatigued muscles – improving general workout endurance.
Here’s what Vicky had to say about the performance enhancing food: “Beetroot has properties that can boost performance whilst you exercise and improve blood flow to muscles. Can be eaten 20 minutes before a workout.”
Similar to other whole grain carbohydrates, whole grain toast is a brilliant source of complex carbohydrates which should be consumed 2-3 hours before you workout.
Eating a slice or two beforehand means you’ll likely be fuelled through your whole workout.If you used in the right way, food can be an incredibly effective tool to enhance performance. Whether you opt for dried fruit or a glass of beetroot juice, always make sure you’re fueling your body with the nutrients you need to smash your workout and push to the next level.
And if you’re interested in hearing more about our meal plans and how they can boost your fitness levels, get in touch today.