- Carbohydrates are your muscles’ primary energy source.
- Depending on the length and intensity of your workout, your carbohydrate stores may be significantly depleted.
- Post-workout is the best time to replenish these stores, because your muscles absorb nutrients like a sponge during this time.
- Next you must rebuild cells by focusing on the protein and amino acids required to help maximize muscle repair.
- Regardless of the type of exercise you engage in, your muscles undergo some form of micro trauma on the cellular level (especially true with resistance training).
- Protein helps to start the repair and rebuilding processes, which ultimately initiate muscle growth.
- Finally, and just as important is getting sufficient hydration. You may know that the body is made up of 60% water. You may not know that fluids help regulate body temperature, blood pressure, and also transport energy & nutrients throughout the body.
- That is why it is essential to allow the body to achieve balance and maintain the process of recovery by replenishing any fluids lost.
- Consequences of dehydration include cramping, muscle fatigue, dizziness, headaches, and impaired mental/physical performance.
Now that you’ve had a chance to skim over the 3 R’s, let’s incorporate them into your post-workout regimen. And if you don’t have the time or appetite for a nutrient dense meal directly after training, recovery shakes are a great option!
Thanyapura’s signature ‘Post-Workout Recovery Shake’ at Booster Deli & Café delivers a delicious and nutritious blend of fruits and vegetables for your post-workout needs. Apple, celery, lime, pineapple, banana, avocado, rice and hemp protein blended with ice for a refreshingly sweet and slightly tangy smoothie to Refuel, Rebuild and Rehydrate.
Stay active and remember to give this recovery shake a try when you’re here next!
This article is a nutritional tip brought to you by Morgane Quinchon, Thanyapura’s Nutrition Manager, Registered Dietitian & Sports Nutrition Advisor.
Edited by Ashlyne Nair