7 Things to Keep in Mind regarding Recovery Nutrition ...


Growing up in a family of athletes, I only wish I had known then what I know about recovery nutrition. Recovery nutrition is no joke; and really, it is no option either. After a bout of hard exercise your cells are open and ready to receive some nutrition. Most of us get a good workout in and then pat ourselves on the back for doing that. However, your workout isnโ€™t over until youโ€™ve recovered; regardless of if youโ€™re a professional athlete, fitness junkie or exercise newbie. Here are 7 things to keep in mind regarding recovery nutrition that you need to start practicing now!

1. Carbohydrates

Although many of you might think that protein is the recovery nutrition star, really carbohydrates take the prize. Extra carbohydrates are stored in the liver and the muscles as glycogen for use when no food is present. Depending on the intensity of the workout, your body might have to tap into its glycogen stores in order to provide the energy to surge through your workout. Following the workout, it is imperative to replenish these stores with fast digesting carbohydrates like honey, white rice and fruit juice and in order to be ready for your next workout. This is really the only time that simple sugars like these are appropriate! Aim for 1-1.2 grams of carbohydrates per kilogram of body weight immediately after exercise.

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