Eating and drinking properly are an important part of exercise and maintaining an active lifestyle. The real question is one of timing. Should you eat before you exercise? How soon before? Should you sip or gulp water?
This advice will apply to many, but not all people. Everyone has their idiosyncrasies so don’t get all up in arms because something does not apply to you as an individual.
- A small amount of food (150 – 200 calories) an hour before exercising is ideal.
- Ditto for a post exercise snack, to be consumed within 15 minutes after you’re done exercising. Doing so can help prevent muscle soreness.
- Drink enough water during exercise – it’s a trick question because everyone has a different sweat rate. The range is from 14 to 40 oz. per hour.
- Gulping water is better because it leaves the stomach faster. Although it seems counterintuitive, sipping is more likely to cause cramping because the water is sitting in the stomach longer.
These answers were provided by Leslie Bonci, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a certified specialist in sports dietetics.