Eating right before any workout is extremely important, to make sure your body has the fuel and energy to work muscles and maximise output.
For athletes, nutrition has always been a hot topic and unfortunately, there is a lot of false information and misconceptions when it comes to best practice.
While there isn’t a diet to suit every single type of workout - when it comes to cardio, you should know it’s all about balance. A healthy blend of carbs, protein and healthy fats will ensure you have the energy and endurance needed for a lengthy session, without having the added risk of a sugar crash!
And another thing – timing is everything. Working out on a full stomach is not only extremely difficult but is also counter-productive, due to the lack of digestion. Therefore, if you snack be sure to wait up to 30 minutes, and if eating a larger meal, be sure to wait at least 60-90 minutes to make sure you are sufficiently prepared for your workout.
Three popular meals/snacks to eat before cardio workouts include:
Whole wheat toast with avocado
Perfect for an early start! A combination of easy carbs and healthy fats will give the body exactly what it needs to start the day energised.
Fruit and low-fat fruit yoghurts OR Smoothies
Ideal for the 9-5 lifestyle, as it allows you to get the intake you need on the move. In addition to providing the necessary energy, smoothies can also provide you with most of your five-a-day in one go.
Oatmeal with banana and almonds
Quick and simple, this meal is appropriate for every moment of the day and will give you the carb-load necessary for a hard workout.