Should you eat before a swim workout? You should eat where possible before your morning swim; especially if it’s a longer (one hour in duration) or a high-intensity session. The body uses carbohydrate stores for high-intensity work, and if training on an empty stomach you might find you tire quickly.
What is the best food to eat before swimming training? Good pre-swim foods that supply energy include porridge oats, wholegrain bread, pasta, sweet potatoes, peas and beans. For our swimmers who just want to feel energised and are after more exciting meals, then we recommend trying foods such as bagels, smoothies, yogurt, eggs and bananas.
What not to eat before swimming? What should you avoid eating before swimming? “You should avoid any foods that are known to cause gastrointestinal distress, including foods that contain excess fibre, fat, spices, alcohol, and caffeine,” says Dr Norton, as these foods are not conducive to exercise and may cause stomach upset, diarrhoea and sickness.
Should I eat before or after swimming? We recommend our swimmers eat at least an hour before their swimming lesson. If you swim too soon after eating, neither your digestive system nor your muscles will get the blood flow levels they need to work efficiently, and this increases the risk of developing indigestion, cramps, and sickness.