Topping off your “energy tank” right before your workout can improve endurance, mood, and intensity and in the end, improve results. Are you running from school or work to your workout, not sure of whether to grab something in between? Check out our top 5 favorite pre-exercise snacks:
Sports Drink: If you’re sensitive to a pre-exercise snack, a simple sports drink, such as Gatorade, a few minutes before you start may be all you need. Just like fruit, it supplies simple sugars that are quickly digested and readily available for the body to use. This beverage may not be ideal as part of the average, everyday diet, but when included before, during, or after a hard workout (>1 hour length or in high heat) it can act as an extra boost of energy. To make this part of a more substantial pre-workout snack, don’t forget to include a source of protein, like almonds or 5-10 grams of protein powder.