Yesterday morning during our swim clinic, an interesting conversation ensued about skipping breakfast. Our clinics begin at 6AM…that’s pretty dang-gone early. Anyone who knows me, knows that for me to get somewhere by 6AM is definitely a stretch. But to try to get some breakfast in me first? Mannnnnnn, listen. That’s a task!! However, I realized a while ago that not getting any calories in my belly before a morning workout was definitely a no-no.
So what’s a procrastinating, snooze-button-hitter to do? All of the fitness and nutrition articles state that you should get a healthy breakfast in you 1-2 hours before your workout. Meaning…I’m supposed to get my tail up and fix myself a meal at 4AM??
And although I recognize that as valued advice (it is wise to give your body time to digest your food and get those nutrients into your system) I knew I had to figure out a different plan.
But first…why IS breakfast so important? Well, per FitDay.com, there are a few good reasons why you should partake:
- It revs up your metabolism. Eating breakfast is a great way to get your metabolism working well for the day. When your body receives food in the morning, it tells your brain that you’re going to need to start working to digest it. This wakes up the system and warms up the metabolism so it’s ready to work throughout the day.
BAM! It starts the metabolism so its ready to WORK! And since you are heading to your WORKout, then this is a good thing! Be it a swim workout, a run, weight training or yoga, you are sabotaging yourself by not starting your engine first. Eating something to start that metabolism is just like allowing your car to warm up a bit before you blast the heat, throw it in drive and floor the accelerator. It’s a way to be kind to your engine…allowing it to go further and do more…for YOU!
- It keeps you from binging. Not eating breakfast in the morning may save you calories for the time being, but it sets you up for failure throughout the rest of the day. This is because after not feeding your body for several hours overnight, a lack of food in the morning will leave you grumpy and hungry very early in the day.
So…you show up for that workout, empty stomach and all, muddle your way through that swim, drag yourself out of the pool, sluggishly get dressed for work, and when that box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts is the first thing you see in the break room, your diet for the day is ka-put! Because by this time you are starving, and you are willing to grab the first thing you see.
- It keeps you in a good mood. Feeding yourself in the morning will keep your spirits up throughout the day for a number of reasons. First and foremost, since your body won’t think that it’s starving after a nutritious meal in the morning, it’s easier to get in a good mood and stay that way. It also provides plenty of needed energy to help you get through the regular tasks of your day, which can help keep your mood bright and optimistic.
Ain’t nothing worse than a grumpy Shelly. Enough said.
So…..now that we have the ‘why’, you need to know the ‘how’, right? It’s easy. Drinking a glass of orange juice and eating a banana can give you a quick 150 calories. It’s not a lot, but its something. Keep Greek yogurt in the fridge, the Chobani Flips are DEE-LISH! There is even one variety with dark chocolate chips and almonds. WHAT! One of those packs about 250 calories. On your lazy Sunday afternoon, make some homemade granola, pre-package servings in ziplock bags and put them in your car. Easy eat-on-the-go engine starter.
Remember….warm engines run better. So regardless of how early that workout is, make sure you eat a little sumthin’ sumthin’ before you get started. It’s the RYPE thing to do!