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Wendy Bumgardner

Should You Eat Before or After Walking?

By January 20, 2010

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Lise writes to ask if she should eat before or after walking. The answer is yes, but not too much. It is best not to start on empty, so it is good to have at least a light snack if you haven't eaten since the night before. Fruit juice, a piece of fruit, or sports drink is fine if you don't want anything solid. After a moderate intensity walk or other moderate to high intensity exercise, it is good to have a snack that includes protein and carbohydrates, to give your body the building blocks for new muscles and blood vessels.

If you like a hearty breakfast or had a big lunch, it is best to wait three to four hours before intense exercise. An easy walk should be OK, but doing anything vigorous may produce stomach discomfort.

What and When to Eat Before a Walk

Eating Before and After Exercise

Comments
July 22, 2013 at 11:31 am
(1) mindy says:

I unnerves me that people who respond to questions asked, do not pay attention to what they write in response. The question asked was: “should she eat before or after walking?” and the response was: Lise writes to ask if she should eat before or after walking. The answer is yes, but not too much.

WHAT! It was not a yes or no question, the question was, “should she eat before or after walking?” the answer should be either before or after, not yes!

March 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm
(2) Lehana says:

I definitely agree!

April 20, 2014 at 2:36 pm
(3) Dee says:

Thanks Mindy.. I was thinking the exact same thing…what?
Should I eat before or after a walk? Yes.
Omg.

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