Coming to Pilates class on an empty stomach is not setting you up for your best and most effective class, and neither is coming to Pilates class overly full.
So how do you find the happy medium and the Goldilocks sweet spot between too little and too much?
Today we are sharing the ideal things to eat before heading to your Pilates class to ensure you are getting all the benefits of your workout.
If your class is early in the morning . . .
Many people enjoy their Pilates classes first thing in the morning and may not have enough time or enough of an appetite to eat wake up 2-3 hours early and have a full meal.
But don’t worry — we have a solution.
If you are a morning Pilates practicer, we recommend eating something small, yet full of nutrients about 30 minutes to an hour before class. Here are some of our favorites:
- Protein bar
- Greek yogurt
- Hard boiled egg
- Handful of nuts
- Almond or cashew butter (with an apple if you’d like)
If your class is later in the day . . .
Others prefer to take their Pilates classes later in the day, maybe when they have more energy. But in order to maximize your energy and your workout, you will want to eat a full meal 2-3 hours before you head to class.
This can mean a lot of different options, but you want to be sure it is a meal that is rich in protein, fats, and vegetables that will keep you running strong through class. However, because these things take a while for your body to digest, give yourself some time to properly let your food settle.
Don’t pack on the carbs prior to your class — this will cause you to feel sluggish.
Here are our favorite meals to eat before class:
- Burger wrapped in lettuce
- Salad with protein
- Chicken breast
- Soup with protein
What you eat (or don’t eat) before Pilates can make or break your workout, and can be the driving force behind what you get out of this hour of your day.
So, be sure that you make your food intake count. If you are going to class in the morning, aim to have a small snack 30-45 minutes before class. And if you are attending class later in the day, plan a full meal full of proteins and fats 2-3 hours before you start your workout.