Best Pre and Post Workout Tips and Drinks

This article was written by Debra K and originally ran on Spafinder

Best Pre and Post Workout Tips and Drinks

As a running newbie, it took a bit of finessing to figure out how to have the best possible jogging experience. There are many aspects of preparation that are important, but fueling up is vital. Everyone is different, so experiment to see what works best for you.


This is what I noticed:

  • If I just got up, stretched and went for it… my energy drained quickly (no gas in the tank).
  • If I ate anything of substance within 30 minutes of heading out the door… my stomach would burn and I would feel a bit nauseated (too much energy going towards digestion).
  • If I had a lot of water, coffee, and then a juice, sometimes I would have to go pee midway through my run (quantity is important).
  • Because I live in South Florida where it is almost always hot and humid, if I didn’t get out the door before 9 a.m., my energy would deplete too quickly (too HOT and too much time without sustenance).

My best recipe for success:

  • Drink a full glass of water upon awakening.
  • Don’t wait too long before working out.
  • Have a pre-run energy elixir 30-45 minutes before heading out.
  • Drink a full glass of water upon return.
  • Eat a small meal or have a smoothie within 30 minutes after your workout.

These two recipes are great to get you going. Have one before and one after working out. What better way is there for you to get this many fruits and vegetables in before 9 a.m.? Your body will be very happy!

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