I am an early riser and I love early morning workouts and runs. Getting my exercise in early in the day means I can’t make any excuses not to get it done. It also means I sometimes have to get creative with how I get in my pre-workout fuel and energy.
There are a few factors that help me determine what energy and fueling options I utilize:
- The time of the workout
- The type of workout (long run, short run, speed work, kickboxing, strength training, etc.)
- How much time I have between fueling and the workout.
If I am exercising first thing in the am without having any extra time between fueling and the chosen exercise I either don’t use anything or I use easy to digest fuels like energy shots, plain tea or gum like Alert Caffeine Gum to give me a boost.
If I have time between waking up and my chosen exercise then I will usually fuel up with black tea and a wafer. I need at least 45 minutes to utilize this option and if it is a long run greater than 8 miles, I make a point to plan for this option.
Midday or after work gets a little tricky. For these workouts I have usually fueled during the with breakfast or lunch so I will usually just grab a cup of coffee, an energy drink or chew some gum like Alert Caffeine Gum about 45 minutes to an hour before the workout.
The trickiest of all workouts are the ones that occur 6pm or after. I tend to avoid any workouts at this time because of the difficulties I have had fueling appropriately. Dinner becomes an issue-do I eat or not? Energy options are usually or else I will be up all night. When I know I have a nighttime workout I will usually eat a later lunch and then a small snack 30-40 minutes before, completely skipping dinner.
As you can see fueling and energizing pre-workout is not easy, at least not for me. I am definitely going to work on this in 2018, hopefully I can perfect it. Alert Caffeine Gum definitely helps to easily give me an added boost! It is a quick and easy option, especially when I have limited options. Plus, I can easily carry Alert Caffeine Gum with anywhere….it’s somewhat difficult to carry a cup of coffee in my gym bag……
How do you fuel and energize before your workouts?