Post Workout Nutrition
What should be consumed post-workout?
1. Protein – When we are in the gym we are breaking down muscle. It is vital to intake protein within 45 minutes – 1 hour post-workout. Protein is the building blocks of muscle growth and recovery.
2. Carbs – Carbs are your number one source of energy and is what helps you push through workouts. At the end of a good workout, you typically feel exhausted or tired; this is because you have depleted most of your stored glycogen. Ingesting a carb source post-workout will help restore your glycogen and in turn give you lasting energy for the remainder of your day.
What are some good protein and carb sources to take post-workout?
It is recommended to take in a fast digesting carb and protein source. The quicker our body is able to digest the needed fuel, the better the recovery. Ideally a post workout shake on your way home from the gym would be most beneficial. Some other ideas are as follows:
Banana/apple/any fruit of choice Toast
Whey protein shake Cottage cheese