Eating before a workout.

TX Ruthie
By TX Ruthie Latest Reply 2011-01-31 18:47:40 -0600
Started 2011-01-30 20:14:23 -0600

Hello, my name is Ruthie, I am new here. I am starting a new aqua workout two nights a week. I have one hour from the time I get off work to get into the water. What is the best thing for me to eat before I go?

4 replies

Ridgewalker 2011-01-31 18:47:40 -0600 Report

If you are doing something very aerobic, you might find your blood sugar actually rises during and just after your workout. Then it usually drops like a rock, say 30 minutes after. So use your meter to see what happens. I don't like a lot of bulk before I dance so I usually have a low glycemic shake before to make sure my BS doesn't get too high, but there is something in my stomach. The USANA shake I do is only 23 on the glycemic index so it won't raise my BS at all, plus it sooths my tummy for the workout, and tastes great. Then after exercise some dairy (low carb yogurt) or fiber/fat (like peanutbutter on low glycemic toast) works well to keep my blood sugar from having real highs or lows. I found a low carb yogert at Ralphs grocery that's only 4 grams of carb. for the whole 6 oz. container and deliciious. Also found a local bread from the Julian Bakery that's only 1 net carb. per slice and 12 gms protein and 12 grams fiber, plus it's only 140 mg of sodium - fantastic! So rather than give up bread as a diabetic, I'm getting low glycemic, high fiber, high protein, complex carbohydrate bread that's actually good for you. Hope this helps!

CaliKo 2011-01-31 15:54:37 -0600 Report

Hi Ruthie, yes, we are all different in our approach to food and exercise. You will have to test and see how you feel to figure out what works best for you. I have a whole grain carb plus some fat before I exercise in the mornings, and if I take a walk on my lunch break, it is after I've eaten lunch and before my afternoon snack.

GabbyPA 2011-01-31 12:53:34 -0600 Report

Hi Ruthie and welcome to the community. Glad to have you here and good to see you doing some great things for yourself. I love water exercise. It is the best for me.

Choosing what to eat really depends on your numbers before you start. What you want to do is test before you start and then keep an eye on it as your class goes. You might want to test in class if you can, for the first few times to make sure you are not dropping too low. Always keep something handy and let at least one person in the class or the instructor know you are a diabetic so they can help you if you need it.

Go and have some fun!!

Harlen 2011-01-31 11:43:11 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
I like to use hi fiber foods like nuts or raw veg.
helps me from dropping way low.
I still like to keep the carb down as much as I can
Best wishes

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