So, you have just finished your workout, blasting your muscles and starting the growth process, but what is the first thing you put in your mouth? We know protein powders have their place, but we’re hoping it is one of these top 5 recovery foods!
1. Blueberries: high in antioxidants the help prevent free-radical damage to your muscles from your workout.
2. Water: hydration is so important post-workout. It prevents cramps, fatigue and dizziness, so make sure you drink 7-10 ounces of water of every 10-20 minutes post-workout.
3. Potassium: easily lost through sweating and dehydration, potassium helps prevent cramps. Simple sources are protein rich foods and leafy greens.
4. Tart cherry juice: studies have shown that this can reduce muscle soreness and inflammation.
5. Protein: we all heard how movie stars down chicken breast after chicken breast to bulk up for roles (think Wolverine, Thor, Magic Mike) that’s because lean protein helps in the repair of work-out induced damage to muscle fibres. Cook up a load of breasts and cut into appropriate portions, that way as soon as you get home, you can grab one and enjoy the benefits.
Post-workout you will be sore and starved for protein. So whip up a blueberry, water, spinach and cherry smoothie and grab a portion of chicken breast. You’ll reap the benefits of eating well, recovering well and be ready for your next training session. You want to make the most out of your training, and recovering well is key to maintaining your training routine.
If you need any specific, personalised advice, don’t hesitate to contact us at Move Health and Fitness.
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