Time! Is this where your workout ends? The sweaty, sucking wind, new PR post workout feeling is awesome, but the workout isn’t really over until the next one begins. In response to exercise the muscle fibers are damaged, tissues are inflamed, and energy stores are depleted. But as we know, this story doesn’t end so grim. The body rebuilds itself and comes back even better to fight another day. Therefore, we are going to do your body a favor, and lend a hand to this recovery process and present some key recovery issues and how to deal with them. So without further ado, lets visit the most critical recovery element- Nutrition.
Far too often nutrition takes a back seat, or maybe even put in the trunk, when it should really be driving the rig. This is especially true post-exercise. While the nutrition demands might be different depending on the nature of the workout, two main problems exist:
- Carbohydrate Stores are depleted
- Muscle proteins are broken-down
Without addressing these two problems, recovery is delayed. This can lead to prolonged soreness and fatigue, decreases in future performance and feelings of lethargy associated with overtraining. Therefore, use the following to make a solid post-workout nutrition plan, and make it just as important as getting your first muscle-up. Read More…