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Need ideas for what to eat pre physical exam

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 07, 2012 at 3:16 AM

I have a lifeguard requalifying exam coming up on May 15. Here is the breakdown of what I need to do:

Report to the pool by 7:30 AM, swim 8 laps in under 2:55, & run 1 mile in 8:00

Physically I am in shape and ready to go, however I am curious as to what you could recommend to eat prior to taking the plunge on this test!

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated, Thanks! :)

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Maybe a little more carb in the days leading up to the exam to make sure glycogen stores are full, then a regular breakfast on the day or no breakfast if that's your normal routine. Also, maybe allow for an extra day off between your last workout and the exam. You won't de-train in a day, and the rest could be helpful.

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In the past I've dabbled with this: Waking up at 5:30-6 and having 2 eggs cooked in coconut oil with water. In the past I've done almond butter and banana but didn't really like the 'weighted' feeling I had in my stomach before jumping in.

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F0a3e3f17d9a740810ac37ff2353a9f3

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What do you normally eat before a workout?

If that does the trick, it should work for your exam.

Maybe more slow-release carbs just to be sure.

(Caffeine is a pretty reliable performance enhancer, but there's a danger of reactive hypoglycemia. Fine if it happens post-exam, not so good if it happens during.)

5680f5060a62bb3790478473a5643afe

(290)

on May 07, 2012
at 03:42 AM

In the past I've dabbled with this: Waking up at 5:30-6 and having 2 eggs cooked in coconut oil with water. In the past I've done almond butter and banana but didn't really like the 'weighted' feeling I had in my stomach before jumping in.

F0a3e3f17d9a740810ac37ff2353a9f3

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on May 07, 2012
at 03:56 AM

Maybe a little more carb in the days leading up to the exam to make sure glycogen stores are full, then a regular breakfast on the day or no breakfast if that's your normal routine. Also, maybe allow for an extra day off between your last workout and the exam. You won't de-train in a day, and the rest could be helpful.

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