And don’t forget about protein.
In addition to carbs, it’s a good idea to consume a little bit of protein before your workout—especially if you are doing weight training. When we do strength training exercises, like lifting weights, we create small tears in our muscle fibers. When you rest, your body repairs those microtears, building up your muscles bigger and stronger than they were before—and it needs protein to do it. But that doesn’t mean you want to pound a burger before a workout. Instead, go for sources of protein that are easily digestible, and don’t eat too much, so you don’t get an upset stomach halfway through your 5-mile run.
Examples of good sources of protein to eat before a workout include:
- Greek yogurt
- a slice of turkey
- a hardboiled egg
- milk or soy milk