Top Healthy Drinks to Help Replenish Before a Workout

Pre-workout fuel is essential to optimize the level of energy required to complete workout session. When it comes to workout nutrition, we all think of some foods we should eat either before or after a workout. However, you don’t have to eat food before your workout to increase your energy level. Your body has enough carbs stored to provide the required energy for 60-90 minutes of exercise. Sometimes, all you need is a drink.

An excellent pre-workout drink can go a long way in improving your performance and recovery. This article in Living Maples Mag will introduce several drinks seniors can enjoy before their workout sessions.

What to Drink Before a Workout?

Water

Water is one of the best beverages to drink before a workout. It helps hydrate the body without added sugar or calories abundant in most sports drinks. Seniors should drink water before, during, and after their workout sessions to hydrate their bodies during exercising.

Coffee: An Excellent Pre-Workout Drink

Coffee is a favourite beverage of many seniors, and most seniors prefer to drink a cup of coffee before working out. Various studies show that caffeine in coffee can increase athletic power and endurance. It is also a perfect beverage to improve concentration, reduce pain, and relieve fatigue. All these benefits translate to better performance.

Protein Shake

Proteins are staples of our body, the need for proteins increases in old age due to muscle loss that comes with ageing. You can make your protein shake at home. All you need is some protein powder, Greek yogurt, almond milk or water, and some fruits like a banana. It provides all protein, carbs, and fluids your body requires to perform at its best during exercises. So, never forget to drink a homemade protein shake before a workout. Protein is also good after exercise.

Here is what to eat after a workout.

Ready-Made Protein Drink

Sometimes seniors might not have enough time to prepare their drinks, or they might not be able to use blenders to mix their pre-workout drink. The good news is that several pre-made protein drinks can fuel your workouts. You should look for the ones with 15-20 grams of protein and 5-8 grams of sugar. Most ready-made protein drinks are rich in electrolytes such as calcium, sodium, and potassium.

Tea & Honey: A Perfect Mixture to Drink Before Workout

Drink Before Workout

Both green and black tea are full of caffeine. Adding honey to tea makes a great mixture that seniors can drink before a workout. Research has shown that honey is a great pre-workout food because our cells break down the natural sugars, giving us an extra burst of energy during workout sessions.

Drinks Containing Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAA)

You might be a bit unfamiliar with the acronym BCAA. Still, research shows BCAA can help maintain cellular energy levels before workout sessions, and they are also suitable for protein synthesis. Seniors might face muscle loss due to ageing, and BCAA drinks are among the best to drink before a workout session to support muscle protein synthesis. They come in powder and capsule form, and you can add some powder to your pre-workout shake. Some BCAA powders on the market have added caffeine that can increase the seniors’ strength, endurance, and power to a great extent.

Chocolate Milk

Drink Before Workout

Consumption of low-fat chocolate milk before exercise regulates the ratio of carbohydrates and protein in seniors’ bodies to provide better muscle recovery after exercise. Chocolate milk contains vitamin D and calcium. This drink is cheaper than sports drinks and is as effective as them. It is recommended to drink chocolate milk 1 hour before an exercise session.

Beetroot Juice

Beetroot is an excellent and healthy vegetable that sources various nutrients. It contains nitrates and improves exercise performance. Beetroot juice can improve the blood flow of seniors, and it also increases muscle contraction. It is a perfect beverage to drink before a workout session.

Coconut Water

Drink Before Workout

You will lose a significant amount of water through sweating while you are exercising. This leads to a reduction in the number of electrolytes in your body. Coconut water is a natural electrolyte that provides your body with the lost salts and balances electrolyte concentration in your body. It is also used as a post-workout drink to rehydrate the body.

Cherry Lemonade

Cherries are rich in many nutrients. Research has shown that cherries have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. By adding cherries to lemonade, seniors can make their muscles recover faster. It is one of the best pre-workout drinks seniors can enjoy before starting their workout session.

Pomegranate Juice: An Excellent Pre-workout Drink

Drink Before Workout

Pomegranate juice is one of the seniors’ best beverages before a workout session. Studies show that it improves exercise performance and recovery.

Seniors can drink this drink 30 minutes before starting their workout session.

Banana-Apple Juice

All fruits are rich sources of vitamins and minerals, and banana is no exception. Mixing banana and apple juice provides a fair amount of carbs and dietary fibres to fuel seniors’ bodies before and during a workout session. It is one of the best drinks to increase the exercise performance of seniors.

What to Drink Before Morning Workout for Seniors

It’s wise never to work out on an empty stomach. You need to absorb protein, carbs, and other items to work out at a high energy level.

For example, you can eat 1/2 of a banana, a small piece of whole fruit, a handful of nuts, a cup of milk or a non-dairy alternative and at the same time absorb carbs.

You can start your day with a relatively light breakfast or choose carb-based snacks. Remember you have to avoid big meals. It would help if you drank a large glass of water one hour before exercising to keep your body hydrated.

What to Drink Before the Workout to Lose Weight

To lose weight while working out, you can go for drinks that increase your metabolism. Caffeinated beverages and green tea can speed up your metabolism. Of course, you should know that you need to constantly change your metabolism to get better results from your training.

Drinks such as Whey Protein, Grape Juice, Beetroot Juice, and Coconut Water would all serve this purpose.

Final Thought

Older adults must stay active as their abilities allow but, safety is a top priority. Any exercise that risks injury is to be avoided.

As long as your build-up is gradual, allowing the body to adapt, and you have decided on your pre, and after work out drinks, nothing can or will stop you.

Source Style Craze Byrdie verywellfit
You might also like
0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
13 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Scott
Scott
11 months ago

I’m trying to lose some belly fat. Honestly, I’ve been trying for years; But, I can’t stop eating! Over the past year, I have exercised regularly; the result is not what I’ve expected. My friend told me about L carnitine and how it helps weight loss. I asked my doctor, and he said it’s not harmful and can increase my energy level during exercise. The thing is, it’s not definite that carnitine increases weight loss. I did some online research; nobody knows for sure if it works. Has anyone had any experience with L carnitine? Does it help?

mina
mina
Reply to  Scott
10 months ago

I think carnitine is an L amino acid derivative that may directly or indirectly affect losing weight. but the best way to lose weight, from my point of view, is a combination of going on a proper diet and doing regular exercises 

Patricia
Patricia
10 months ago

I’ve never drunk anything before a workout session. I didn’t even know that was an option. I thought eating or drinking anything right before working out would make you feel sick. But some of these drinks sound really good, so I guess I have to give drinking before exercising a try.

Liliane
Liliane
Reply to  Patricia
5 months ago

Well, the article doesn’t suggest any drinks right before doing exercise but says almost one hour before because doing sport with a full stomach, just like an empty stomach, can cause problems. You may end up feeling queasy. My gym trainer also told me to eat or drink one hour before going to the gym.

Gerald
Gerald
10 months ago

I have one question: which one is better? Ginger tea or water? I used to drink some energetic drinks before and after the workout. But one of my friends introduced me to ginger tea. It is so tasty and after drink it, I always feel fresh. But when I drink ginger tea, my heart pound raises! So I need to know, this kind of herbal tea is beneficial for our health or not. 

Hugo
Hugo
Reply to  Gerald
5 months ago

Yes, Gerald. I’ve read somewhere that drinking ginger tea prevents heart attack, and it will work better when you drink it before working out. I guess your heart beats faster because of the blood circulation and the exercise itself. You know that Ginger improves blood circulation. However, if it bothers you, it is better to consult your doctor.

Jenna
Jenna
6 months ago

Best article I’ve read. For me, Beetroot combined with Ginger works perfectly. It improves blood circulation. I usually take it throughout my workouts as well. I also advocate for coconut water. It’s one of the best drinks you can take before starting your workout.

Lily
Lily
5 months ago

I’m definitely going to try some of these the next time I hit the gym.
But speaking from my own experience, water and tea are the best.
I drink 1–2 glasses of water just before exercise. It releases the toxins from your body. In addition, this will recover the water lost during exercise.
What works for me might not be suitable or even enough sustenance for other people, but water has always been my workout buddy. 
Interesting to read about coffee here; it has never worked for me. 

Ethan
Ethan
5 months ago

Great suggestions! I must say while I haven’t had the chance to get my hands on a tasty glass of pomegranate juice for over two years now, I totally recommend it to everyone. It’s one of the best and healthiest juices out there. Hot chocolate milk is another option that I drink almost every day while working from home, an hour before I go for a walk or do a workout session at home. It has that cozy, chill vibe to it that makes you appreciate the peace that you can only feel at home.

Jacob
Jacob
5 months ago

I always preferred water. There’s nothing better than water. Experts after some researchers change their mind about fruit or anything, but it’s impossible that water will become an enemy of your health; because it’s natural.

Ted
Ted
Reply to  Jacob
4 months ago

Hi, Jacob, I must say I agree with you. No drink in the world can replace water. I have heard from several doctors that drinking water can wash out some toxic materials from the body. It is interesting if a person is thirsty, nothing can make him feel better except a glass of water. Even fruit juice that some doctors suggest contains sugar, and everyone knows as people age, their blood sugar goes up. I think drinking fruit juice will increase blood sugar in older adults. Therefore, water is the best drink.

Lucas
Lucas
4 months ago

Just one coffee for me. Thanks.
There is absolutely no harm in training with an empty stomach. Fitness articles have demonized working out on an empty stomach. 
While in reality, it’s just FINE…. If you’re comfortable doing it, you can.
Coffee helps in waking you up and clearing out your system. So best drink to have before a morning workout.
Do what feels comfortable.
I guess if you are not used to having an empty stomach, You can drink your favourite protein shake with some banana and some healthy fat…

Eve
Eve
2 months ago

It was a great article. I’ve searched about this subject many times and honestly couldn’t find more accurate content like this. I’ve never imagined that drinking tea or lemonade could be beneficial before the workout. I just tried coffee and protein shakes, and now I decided to try cherry lemonade today. Oh, I almost forgot to mention!
It would be better to consume them at least half an hour before working out and in a proper amount. Drinking too many liquids right before the exercise could cause pain in the stomach and be dangerous for your appendix.