Getting energy in the morning

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    Feb 16, 2010 3:20 PM GMT
    I swim everyday at around 6pm, after work, after eating throughout the day, and after keeping myself hydrated. But once in a while I'll swim in the late morning/afternoon because of a day off. I love swimming during the day, the heat of the sun makes the workout much more enjoyable. Plus I get the workout out of the way and feel better for the rest of the day.

    The issue is, I never seem to have enough energy for the mid-day workouts. As much as I'd rather do them, my energy fades early and my performance fails. I feel much stronger with more endurance in the evenings.

    I usually just eat a bowl of something like raisin bran with soy/regular milk in the morning an hour or two before the day workouts. I also drink a bit of water and get a good amount of rest.

    Anyone have any suggestions on how to get that energy for the day workout? Any specific foods I should look out for?

    Thanks for reading!
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    Feb 16, 2010 3:29 PM GMT
    Bananas
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    Feb 16, 2010 3:31 PM GMT
    lite breakfast and .. hot tea .. also throughout the day
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    Feb 16, 2010 3:37 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidBananas


    he beat me to it! Durn you CJaz! icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 16, 2010 3:41 PM GMT
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    CuriousJockAZ saidBananas


    he beat me to it! Durn you CJaz! icon_lol.gif



    Hehe...sorry, Sahem -- Not only are they good for you, but I LOVE the shape icon_lol.gif Nothing like a big banana to kick-start your mornin'!
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    Feb 16, 2010 4:35 PM GMT
    Calories.

    Complex carbs in particular.

    Small meals often. All day long. Every day.

    A bowl of Raisin Bran is 190 calories (yes, you can find that info, too, at postnatural.com and in the USDA SR22 database or metroplexfitness.net).

    You don't state how long you swim, nor the length of your swimming, any other activity, nor your other meals, so you can't make a qualified guess with so little information. Nonetheless, 190 calories is likely not adequate for your activity level. You also fail to state your body weight, so I can't compute your calorie burn, either. I'm afraid you are very unprepared (you haven't even completed your profile, so that tells us much about you). However, if you know how much you weigh, how much fat you carry, how long you swim, and what other activities you do, I've given you all the tools to now help yourself.

    http://www.nutristrategy.com/activitylist3.htm
    The activity list.

    Take your LBM (Lean Body Mass) * 20 to get your basil requirement, add the amount you spend swimming, and add any extra if you're trying to gain. Count your calories, and determine their composition.

    E.g., my calorie requirement is 4170 if I'm not trying to gain. 4770 if I'm trying to gain.

    Good luck!
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    Feb 16, 2010 4:59 PM GMT
    A cup of steel cut oatmeal with a little honey may do the trick.

    Guess everybody's different, but the water perks me up - a lack of energy while lap swimming is a non-issue, regardless of the time of day or night. I'm trying to cut so I swim early on an empty stomach and have energy to burn. I'm no triathelete, but I'm not one of those "career" swimmers that spends 90% of the time coffee klatching for over an hour at the end of the pool with the occasional sprint either - I do a brisk crawl for 20 minutes nonstop, a brisk backstroke for 20 minutes, and then cool down for another 20 minutes doing slower sidestrokes, kicks, etc. After 60 minutes of nonstop movement in the pool I eat. If I jogged in the heat instead of swam maybe then I'd need to eat beforehand.
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    Feb 17, 2010 3:09 PM GMT
    I only swim for about an hour a day. I weigh about 145.

    Oatmeal may work, I eat oatmeal before my evening workouts (a few hours before) and I don't usually have energy issues. I also try not to eat a lot in the mornings before my workout because if it's a tough one, I start to feel nauseous and sluggish.

    Thanks for the responses!