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Eating and exercise

Food is the fuel that helps you maximize your workouts. But working out too soon after a big meal can make you feel sluggish and give you diarrhea or other digestive problems. Not eating before exercising can leave you feeling faint or tired. Here’s how to get the timing down:

  • If you’ll be exercising within an hour after breakfast, skip the big plate of eggs and toast and opt for something smaller, like a bowl of fruit, or have a sports drink to provide the energy needed for exercising.
  • If you do eat a big meal, hold off on exercising for at least three to four hours.
  • Eat within two hours after exercising to help your muscles recover. Put together a meal that contains both protein (meat, dairy and nuts) and carbohydrates (cereals, breads, vegetables, pasta and fruit).


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