The V8 and protien shakes sounds like good ideas, but it is a "see for yourself" thing. Its recommended to eat first because some people get very dizzy if they don't eat before they exercise. Personally if I exercise first thing in the morning I eat three or four saltine crackers and two glasses of water and then head out for a run or whatever, because I know I need something in my stomach or I will feel sick. It's what your body can handle that's important.
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4,055 6/19/12 10:22 A
work out first. give it some time and then do your exercises.
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I'm a lot like you; I don't really get up early enough to eat, and I'm not crazy about trying. So what I do is have a chocolate protein shake. I mix it with 2% milk. It's not a breakfast replacement; I just know that I'm not going to eat, and frankly, I need the energy. I work out very intensely, from 1-2 hours, and if I go longer than an hour, I NEED it! So it's either get up an hour earlier (not gonna happen. I've tried for years), skip breakfast, or grab a shake.
So shake it is. :) I've gotten to where I drink them every morning... I prefer them to coffee to get started in the morning.
And so far, it's really helped. Maybe that's an option for you; I usually eat breakfast afterwards, even if it's something like an egg or a banana, so it's not a meal replacement or anything for me. Just an early start.
If you are feeling fine while working out, and not light-headed or weak, you are very likely fine to go and workout for 30 minutes without fueling prior. And you are eating within 30-60 minutes after your workout, so that part is good too.
If you start to increase the length or intensity of your workouts, you may need to fuel before-hand, but again you will know your body best and what you are capable of.
Spark Coach Nancy says that we are all an "experiment of one". This means that what works for me and is good for me, may not work for you. This is one of those times.
If you truly wanted to have something, without it feeling forced, try a 4 ounce serving of V8 juice.
Hope this helps, Judi
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I susally don't eat before a morning workout...but, if I need to add something to the fire I usually have a small container of unsweetened apple sauce, a half cup of juice, half a banana, a palm of almonds, or baby carrots...these work for me and I don't feel full or forced!!
I get up and am ready for my walk/jog about 7:30 a.m. to avoid the heat here in South Florida. I have read that eating before a workout is a plus, but I just can't seem to do that. I'm not hungry! My routine is: up at 7, out the door at 7:30, back by 8, shower and by 8:30-9:00 I'm finally ready for breakfast. I've tried getting up earlier to eat, but, again, not hungry. I have even tried to eat part of my breakfast before the workout, but it is forced. Any suggestions? I know I need fuel for the fire, but I shouldn't feel like I'm forcing my self to eat a banana or toast before working out.....I feel like a kid again trying to clean my dinner plate! :)
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