Working out in the morning

  • Geoedward

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    Mar 12, 2010 12:26 AM GMT
    I am thinking of working out first thing in the morning. I wake up between 5 and 5:30am anyway. I was thinking I would get shave and brush my teeth, etc. I could be at the gym by 6:30. I could work out from 6:30 to 7:30. I can shower and get dressed at the gym. I work a block from the gym. My question is what would be good and quick to eat that will give me energy before I leave home to go to the gym? I could have a protein shake after the workout. Help, I need good advice. Thanks!
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    Mar 12, 2010 12:53 AM GMT
    Raisens, bananas, or pretty much any fruit.
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    Mar 12, 2010 1:29 AM GMT
    I love to work out early, shower and go to work. It knocks out the early morning fogginess and you will have a lot more energy than your co-workers. Yogurt is usually my choice.
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    Mar 12, 2010 1:33 AM GMT
    I usually eat grape nuts and a banana every morning... sometimes I'll make some egg-whites if I have the time.
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    Mar 12, 2010 1:41 AM GMT
    Whatever your stomach can handle. Personally, I can't eat right before a workout. I need to space out the time of my last meal or snack before I hit the gym. I just don't like having a full stomach while working out. Also, if your blood is flowing to your stomach and digesting food, then it doesn't do much good for your muscles while working out.

    For you, depending on the intensity of your workout, maybe a piece of fruit and a cup of coffee. The sugar from the fruit and the caffeine from the coffee should help you power through an early morning workout.
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    Mar 12, 2010 1:47 AM GMT
    6 to 8 egg whites and a serving of oatmeal does it for me.
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    Mar 12, 2010 2:00 AM GMT
    I'm a fan of wheat toast with peanut butter and a cup of coffee. But I also eat this after the gym in the morning, otherwise it get sick during my workout...
  • nadaquever_rm

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    Mar 12, 2010 2:29 AM GMT
    I've been going to the gym before work for years, but I never eat until I'm done working out. If I do, my stomach cramps up. When it's time to eat, I go for oatmeal, fruit and nuts.
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    Mar 12, 2010 5:57 AM GMT
    Drink a protein shake at the gym and then eat a Bagel at work.
  • UncleverName

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    Mar 12, 2010 12:03 PM GMT
    Light fruits is about all I can take. If it's going to be a really intense session (full body weights or HIIT), I might even skip solid food, and just have fruit juice or a sugary coffee drink. I figure that the session is going to spike my insulin requirements, so spiking my insulin levels with sugary drinks will work fine.
  • battlegeek

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    Mar 12, 2010 12:08 PM GMT
    I usually have a banana and coffee before my morning workouts. After it's cereal with yogurt and fruit, plus more coffee. If I'm going to the office straight from the gym, that's pretty easy to pack.
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    Mar 12, 2010 1:07 PM GMT
    I work out at home so I get up and go work out. When I'm done I have a protein shake, then later for breakfast it's egg whites or cottage cheese and oatmeal.
  • Matia79

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    Mar 12, 2010 1:16 PM GMT
    I work out first thing in the morning as well. I can't have anything too heavy but a cup of AllBran with 1% milk is enough to ease any hunger pangs I may have during the workout but not too much to fill me up and cause that "throw up in the mouth" thing you can get working hard after eating. And of course, a cup of coffee...'cuz nobody should be exposed to me without my cup of coffee.
  • Geoedward

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    Mar 12, 2010 7:48 PM GMT
    Thanks for your help!
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    Mar 12, 2010 8:26 PM GMT
    Since I left the Army, I have worked out in the morning. It's the best time of day for me, and your workout always happens before any excuse has time to develop. I believe it is the best time of day (whatever studies tell you about cortisone levels) because it's consistent -- and that consistency is the most important key to success in any workout.

    That, and e'rebody aint at the gym at 6:00 am, but at 5pm, oh boy.