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What is the best thing to eat before a morning workout? — J. Spokes, VT

Richard Cotton

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Experimentation will tell you what''s best for you. A lot depends on the intensity and duration of your exercise and no matter what you eat before, you''ll need to drink plenty of fluids. Try different forms of carbohydrates in various combinations to see what kind of fuel you need.

For example, if you''re planning a vigorous aerobic activity such as jogging, you may want to drink just a glass of water or a sports drink. The sports drink gives you a little glucose which provides the energy to work out before breakfast, without upsetting your stomach. If your workout is more moderate, such as a brisk walk or strength training, a light breakfast might not bother you.

About Richard Cotton

Richard T. Cotton is the chief exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Richard oversees the ACE's studies and evaluations on fitness products and serves as the ACE's media spokesperson for these studies and other health and fitness issues. He has written numerous articles on health and fitness-related topics such as the importance of certification and safe and effective exercise techniques.


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