Running, like other aerobic exercises, is great for improving your cardiovascular system and preventing disease. However, it’s important to put your body in the best situation possible to get optimal benefits from all your time and effort. Getting enough quality rest is straightforward enough. When it comes to what to eat before running, though, your options increase quite a bit.

Understanding what your body needs

Running is one of the most convenient exercises available. It may seem like you start your day at breakfast, but sunrise usually finds us sleeping. Rest is when your body is able to repair and rejuvenate, so practicing proper sleep hygiene the night before is really the first step.

Cardio exercises are great for your heart because they burn a lot of calories and increase how well blood carries oxygen through your body. While simple carbohydrates stored as glycogen are fine for long-lasting energy, like during a marathon, your day-to-day running will be better served by the slow-metabolizing complex-carbs found in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and more.

Protein is an important part of improving your performance and recovery. Protein provides energy without a crash in blood sugar levels later, boosting your endurance. It also promotes the healing of muscles, lowering the risk of injuries both short- and long-term.

Also, BCAAs (branched-chain amino acids) promote lean muscle while decreasing fat. Ensuring you get enough BCAAs is essential to workout success. Numerous studies have shown how important BCAAs are.

What to eat and when and how much

Eating a balanced meal is very important to giving your body the fuel reserves it needs for exercise. However, eating too long before running can leave you drained before it’s time while eating too near your workout can make you sluggish.

You have some flexibility to find what works best for you, but you should get a quality meal, like those in the YOU%2B diet, about 1 to 3 hours before working out. When we exercise, we need more protein. Using the customized meal plans from Olumia Life will ensure you are perfectly prepared.

And don’t forget your BCAAs! You can easily ensure you’re getting the right amount at the right time in your diet by taking supplements. You can find all the details about the amount of BCAAs to take and whether or not you will need whey protein in the Compass section of the app. This applies to young and old, men and women, so don’t forget! BCAAs promote the healthy, fit and toned look. BCAAs allow you to get the most from your runs.

What about breakfast?

If you like to run in the morning, you may not want to weigh yourself down with a big breakfast, and waiting up to an hour afterwards is likely not possible. Not to worry! Your body has enough energy stored as glycogen to get you through your average run without any hampering of performance. You can take a quick protein shake and some water in the morning to make sure you’re hydrated and have the energy you need.

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