This is a common question that I receive from both class participants and other athletes. "So I get done with my workout, now what should or shouldn't eat?"
Your post workout meal/snack's main responsibility is to replenish the body with lost nutrients and vitamins that were lost during an intense workout and repair muscles.
The body needs these to be replenished within about an hour in order to repair muscles, restore any nutrients lost, restore muscle glycogen, and to reduce inflammation that may have occurred. Aim for a carbohydrate to protein ratio of three or four to one, as recommended by C. Kerksick in the Oct. 3, 2008, volume of the "Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition."
Before you decide on what to eat, you must first decide if this will be a meal or snack. Do you workout pre-breakfast? or maybe you are a mid-afternoon exerciser. No matter what time of day you workout, schedule in your meals and snacks so that your workout falls in between. Don't get caught not eating enough before and after your workout so that your body is too depleted of nutrients to carry your workout.
Some ideas of post workout foods:
So first determine your workout schedule. Make sure to also schedule your pre & post meals so you have enough fuel to take advantage of your workout. And remember that your post-workout fuel is meant to replenish the body & repair your muscles. "RECOVER" is the word post workout...
Teri Lang Patterson
Certified Fitness Instructor & Coach specializing in Aqua Power Training, Kickboxing, Weight Training & Yoga.
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