Eating After Exercise
after exercise is just as important as eating before
While eating before helps fuel your body for your
workout, your post workout meal helps rebuild the nutrients your body
When exercising, you can cause small tears in
Additionally you are depleting the glucogen
levels in your body.
So what you eat after workouts is
important for repairing
the muscles and bringing back glucose in your muscles and
What and When to Eat After Exercise
What to eat after a workout depends on if you are a competitive athlete
or just a casual exerciser. For athletes or those who
exercise more than 3 times a week, you need
to replace glycogen stores in your body.
This is critical to
ensure that your body is ready for the next workout and eating after
exercise is the way to replenish what your body needs.
Even if you are a casual exerciser and will more than likely restore
glucose levels prior to your next workout, you will still want to eat
after you workout to help repair muscles.
You want to eat
carbohydrates to help rebuild the glycogen levels to your muscles
within at least 30 minutes after exercise.
Some amount of protein is also beneficial for helping repair muscles
that may have been damaged during exercise.
Don’t forget to re-hydrate as well.
Just as important as
carbs and protein is your water intake. Be sure to drink 1 to
2 glasses of water shortly after your exercise.
hydrate before your exercise routine as well. If you are
working out longer than 30 minutes, then you will need to stay hydrated
during your workout as well.
Here are some suggestions for foods you can eat after exercising.
- Whole wheat bagel with cheese or peanut butter.
- Fruit and cottage cheese
- Sandwich with lean lunch meat like turkey, ham
or roast beef
- Crackers and low fat cheese
- Eggs and toast
- Smoothie with protein powder or yogurt
Or simply plan your exercise to end 30 minutes prior to your next meal
and have a full meal with carbohydrates and protein.
after exercise is only one step in your eating so be sure to check out
what to eat before you workout
Burned During Exercise
Find out how to calculate calories burned for your workouts. Understanding this formula can help you select a workout to meet your
calorie burn needs.
Use this free online exercise calculator to see how many calories you
burned during your wokout.
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