The Best Things to Eat Before Working Out
The snack: A tube of energy gel, a packet of instant oatmeal (Rosenbloom says southerners like her may prefer grits) made with water, one cup of dry cereal or a plain mini-bagel. Wash this down with a 4-ounce glass of water.
When: Your body will be able to convert these carbs into energy if you eat 15 to 30 minutes before your workout. Don't worry if you're headed to the pool: The belief that you'll cramp up is an old wives' tale, says Rosenbloom.