What exactly does it mean to recover after a workout? Whether you’re strength training, running, spinning or dancing, your body needs time to repair and re-energize after exercise. During strenuous physical activity, muscle tissue breaks down, fluid is lost and energy stores are depleted. Recovery allows the body to repair damaged muscle tissues (ultimately leading to the creation of bigger muscle fibers, or building strength) and to replenish energy stores.
Hit the gym, then hit the kitchen. You’ll score triple the post-workout nutrition and triple the flavor with this punched up, three-berry smoothie. Berries can’t be beat when it comes to antioxidant power—they’re packed with the protective nutrients you need after exercise unleashes a flurry of free radicals to hammer your healthy cells. Blended with flax, strawberry protein power and a bit of milk, they make a smooth, refreshing recovery drink that blows boring chocolate and vanilla versions away.
What’s the best way to recover from that tough workout in the gym, long run or strenuous cardio session? If you’re a woman, your recovery needs are a little different than a man’s. The most beneficial thing you can do for your body is to plan and consume an optimal post-workout meal. It may just be the most important meal you eat all day.
The perfect post-workout shake should replenish depleted nutrients, boost recovery related hormones, and set the stage for a better workout tomorrow. This Cinnamon Roll Protein Shake is a delicious way to deliver quality protein, carbohydrates and important micro-nutrients to your muscles for improved recovery and performance.
Post-workout nutrition is arguably the most important meal of the day. The quality and timing of your post-workout nutrition can make or break your performance and recovery. In the last segment of Pre- and Post-Workout Nutrition, we discussed how to prime your body for peak performance and recovery with proper pre-workout nutrition. This week, we will dive into the most important nutrition principles surrounding the post-workout period to ensure you maximize your progress in the gym.
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The same old post-workout protein shake gets b-o-r-i-n-g! But before you begin resenting your blender or giving up on recovery fuel altogether, mix things up — in a different, yet very delicious, way. We warn you, though. You’re going to need a utensil to enjoy these new and improved protein powder recipes.
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