Eating for Performance - Early Morning Workouts

In the previous post, I discussed how to fuel your body properly before a workout. But how do you fuel your body if you are working out first thing in the morning?

Due to the fact that you are "fasting" in the mornings until you eat breakfast, it is important that you awaken your body & metabolism prior to your workout. The following bullet points are 2 factors to keep in mind:


  • GET HYDRATED - Enjoy a refreshing glass of water. I encourage clients to add a splash of lemon to wake up the digestive system.
  • GET FUELED UP - Grab "quick" energy before running out the door! Fresh Fruit, Dried Fruit, a slice of whole wheat toast, handful of whole grain cereal (like Honey Nut Cheerios), or whole grain pretzels will help provide just enough carbohydrates to keep you going strong.  You will want to provide your body with quick energy which means you will want to choose a carbohydrate source that is low fat and low-to-moderate in fiber.  Otherwise you risk upsetting your GI system before your workout!!! Avoid dairy products early in the morning before your workout. This also increases risk for GI distress.