The Best Food and Drink to Accompany a Workout
You needn’t look far on the internet to discover an interminable list of exercise regimes, all of which claim to be the ‘best and only way to look trim for the summer’!
While the majority of these advice websites are not as accurate as they perhaps should be, nearly all of them will tell you the same thing; exercise alone will not help you become a healthier individual. And this statement is absolutely true.
In fact, ensuring that you abide by a healthy diet, combined with a frequent and effective exercise regime can truly have a life-changing impact on your physical and mental health.
However, the issue that many people have, especially when starting an exercise regime, is deciding on the food and drink to accompany their workout.
Here, we take a look at the most beneficial, practical and (above all!) delicious nutrition that you can give your body when starting a new exercise schedule.
So, you have finished your gym classes for the day and your muscles feel sore and tight. This is the initial onset of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness), which is the pain felt when we workout and create micro-tears in our muscles.
To combat this aching pain, it is recommended that you eat a meal about one hour after your workout finishes. This meal should consist mainly of protein, which helps to repair those tiny tears.
Timely and Tasty Carbs
The enemy of so many professional dieters, carbohydrates are often considered the antithesis of a healthy body.
However, to lump all high-carb foods in to one group would be misleading. In fact, carbohydrates are an essential part of a healthy diet, especially if you want to make the most of your time exercising. Carbs are broken down into Glycogen, which fuels the muscles.
For example, Juice bar smoothies containing a number of fruit and vegetables is a delicious and easy way to get the required simple carbohydrates into your body. Just ensure that you drink this well over an hour before your workout.
Ignore that Sweet Sugar
Before we start, let’s get one thing clear – it’s a myth!
That’s right. For all those people who recover from a tiring health club session with a dose of sugar to perk them – you are doing the wrong thing!
Instead, you must refuel yourself with foods containing plenty of amino acids, as they help heal torn muscle fibres. Meat, eggs, quinoa, black beans and pumpkin seeds are all examples of food that you should consume to help you recover your mojo, after that knackering spin class!
While you must be diligent and tough when you are trying to improve your health through dieting and fitness, your schedule can soon become boring if you don’t enjoy some of life’s pleasures every so often. That is why, perhaps one day a week, you treat yourself by having delicious food that you would otherwise try to avoid. It offers a fantastic weekly incentive to behave yourself on the other six days of the week.