In my earlier post about Pukey the Clown, I noted some of the advice that was shared around the Internet to avoid throwing up during a workout. My daughter, daughter-in-law and I have all been nauseated, but not actually barfed. My son-in-law did, considerately doing so in the backyard. We generally work out in the evenings after my husband gets off work so he can coach us, so these tips are useful for those who work out in the afternoon and evening. Morning peeps, you are on your own.
- Eat a good breakfast with quality protein and a lighter lunch (unless you work out during lunch). If you are getting really hungry and you have at least an hour before your workout, try a handful of nuts with some dried fruit (lighter on the fruit than nuts). You want enough energy to work out but not enough on your stomach.
- Don’t eat anything sweet within the hour before you work out. Even dark chocolate (this I have done and regretted).
- Hydrate slowly over the day; don’t try to get it in just beforehand.
- During the workout, or just before, consider using a electrolyte replacement powder in your water. I know some of the professional literature on it says it isn’t medically necessary unless you are doing intense hour-long workouts, but it does seem to help keep the nausea in check. Avoid overly sweet ones; if they taste good before you start you work out, chances are they’ll be cloying once you’re in the middle of it.
- Don’t gulp water during your workout. Because several of my prescriptions give me dry mouth, I’ve figured out I’m not so much dehydrated as simply out of saliva. I swish and spit and it helps immensely without making me want to vomit later.
So that’s my personal top five; feel free to share yours.