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What can I take to give me workout energy?


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I have no energy for workouts.  What can I take (certain food, supplement, drink, etc) a few minutes before I want to workout to give me a boost of energy to get a good workout in? Anyone have any suggestions?

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is there any way for you to see my food log? I signed up just today...

When you say 'take' it kind of sounds like you want to be medicated....

Eitherhoo, eating in small bouts during the day should give you energy all the time, not just during workouts.  As for workouts:  Try eating something with some sugar (for energy now) and some more complex carbs (for prolonged energy): a piece of fruit and a few wheat crackers should do the trick. 

I always crash after caffeine, and I'm trying to keep my intake low, but if you don't have the same issues then a cup of tea or coffee may help.  You can actually 'take' caffeine supplements, but I really wouldn't recommend it.

Take?

Lots of water and good healthy foods. Don't go low carb if you want energy to be active. Have a good, balanced diet and get plenty of rest.

Original Post by fabby40:

I have no energy for workouts.  What can I take (certain food, supplement, drink, etc) a few minutes before I want to workout to give me a boost of energy to get a good workout in? Anyone have any suggestions?

I find if I don't eat enough carbs at least 30 minutes before a work out then I have no energy to work out.  Carbs are quick fuel for your body. 

Bananas are great pre-work out as well. Don't know why, but it makes me feel so much better.

Coffee is good to get going, but is also considered a laxative so be careful with that one.  They also make pre-workout drinks that you can get at nutrition stores like the vitamin shoppe, tommy k's, etc.  A slice of toast with peanut butter or a banana (or both) as mentioned by cello are great sources of energy.

Sunlight.

Seriously--your body goes into hibernation if you don't get sun on your face often enough. I'm not talking about frying yourself trying to get a tan or something; more like sitting next to windows and going outside to walk or run instead of holing yourself up in a gym somewhere.

Your eyes are directly connected to your brain... and when your eyes take in light, your brain thinks, "Hey, daytime, time to wake up!"

working out gives me more energy. when i stop for a few days, my energy level goes to 0. once i overcome the excuse of "i don't have the energy to work out" and "just do it," then i usually leave my workout energized and refreshed. that seems counterintuitive, but getting your heart rate up gives you energy.

a banana and a weak coffee... just make sure you are well hydrated. for every cup of coffee you need to drink a cup of water, 2 to be safe as you will lose fluid exercising

 

cheers

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