Runners need to take extra care of the food they eat. They cannot just eat each and everything that comes down their noses. Healthy eating is a must for runners if they want to get the best and perform the best while running.
Here are some tips that runners need to consider to adopt in their eating habits:
- Go on an empty stomach
Sometimes it’s just best to go workout on an empty stomach, especially if it’s in the early morning. The exception to this rule is if you are going to do an intensive workout lasting more than one hour. So if you stay hydrated, there is nothing to fear in going to work out on an empty stomach.
Timing is the key. While you may need fuel to work out, you should not overstuff yourself just before a workout. You should give your body some time to digest the food unless you want to suffer from digestive issues. Do not eat food that is rich in fiber just before a workout as fiber takes time to digest. Carbs are the best friend of a runner. You need them to give you the energy needed for a workout.
Do not forget to hydrate. Drink lot of water. You need to compensate for all the water you lose while working out. Water flushes out all the toxins from the body along with repairing all the damage done both internally and externally to your body’s cells. Drinking water also helps you curb your hunger. Try to drink at least 2 liters of water a day.
- Balanced diet
Even if you are not working out it is essential to eat a well-balanced diet that comprises of carbs, proteins and unsaturated fats.
- Keep it simple
Do not complicate your diet. Eat what you are comfortable eating and don’t experiment too much with food too much so that you mess up your digestive system. Eat lots of carbs to give you the strength to train.
When you work out it is essential you try and follow some of these steps so that you can feel your best when you work out.