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Running Tips: What to Eat Before Your Run

  By posted Jun 11th 2014
Healthy Living

Running Tips: What to Eat Before Your Run

 

Running away from your problems is a bad decision, but running to avoid health problems is a win-win situation. Running helps you burn calories, keeps your blood cholesterol, sugar and pressure in-check, lowers risk of heart attack, keeps your bones strong and boosts energy levels of the body. But one should also remember to include a healthy diet before and after runs, as fuelling for running is imperative for optimum performance.

 

Carbohydrate loading is important before a run. Quick snacks are the best options before you start a run. This includes banana bread, fruity teacake, exercises shakes, greek yogurt, cooked sweet potato, 2 slices of wheat bread, cooked quinoa.

 

If you run immediately after waking up in the morning then snack on a bowl of oats, eggs, a granola bar or fresh fruit smoothies.

 

To avoid minimal fuss you can also try high energy releasing snack like roasted/dried nuts, a fruit or a shake. Stick to whole fruits rather than drinking packed fruit juices Also remember to increase the carbohydrate intake for your dinner a night before so the energy is stored in your muscles for the morning run. You can also opt for a quick caffeine kick before your run, as milk will provide some protein and caffeine will aid in focusing while running.

 

Foods to avoid before a run

  • High fibre foods
  • High fat foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Excess of caffeine 
  • Alcohol

 

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