Knowing what to eat before a workout may be just as important as your actual workout! It is crucial to provide your body with the proper fuel from the foods you eat in order to help your body prepare before exercise and recover and refuel after exercise.


If you’ve gone longer than 4 hours without eating, it’s probably not a good time to exercise. Your body needs gas in the tank to perform at its optimum level. There’s no way you’ll have a great workout if you’re running on empty.

The best pre-workout food for one person may not be the best for another. One of the most popular pre-race meals for distance runners is a bagel and peanut butter, but for me, that just doesn’t work. Peanut butter makes me feel sluggish and seems to just sit in my stomach. I found that old-fashioned oats mixed with frozen fruit and organic soy milk makes me feel the lightest and the most energized. 

Try these foods and see what works best for you:

*HYDRATION is also critical before, during and after a workout! For every pound of fluid lost during a workout, rehydrate with 20-24 ounces of electrolyte rich fluids.