How can nutrition aid me in my recovery?
How well you recover from activity is determined largely by your post-exercise nutrition. Eating the wrong foods can lead to a slower recovery.
Post-exercise nutrition works through the following three ways:
- Restoration of fluid and electrolytes which were lost through sweating
- Replacement of muscle fuel (carbohydrate) to allow for faster return to normal energy levels
- Intake of protein to aid in repair of damaged muscle and to stimulate muscle growth
Different types of workouts require different types of foods to help you recover after your exercise. If you've just done a weights session, you'll need to consume more protein to recover effectively than someone who has done a cardio based workout.
For a great post-workout recovery after a strength or TRX session try using a mixture of the following ingredients for a post-workout boost. As mentioned above, the protein element will help in the repair of damaged muscle and to stimulate muscle growth. Enjoy!
Recipes to try for natural protein intake:
- Plain n' simple: 1/2 banana + handful of chia seeds + 1/2 cup strawberries + almond milk + 3 ice cubes
- Feeling Seedy: Handful of sunflower seeds + handful of chia seeds + banana + honey + cinnamon + almond milk
- Going Green: 1/2 cup Broccoli + 1/2 cup blueberries + 1/2 cup Greek yoghurt + milk & honey as needed
- Good morning: 2 tbs peanut butter + 1/4 cup oats + banana + milk
Coming soon: More nutrition advice on carbs, protein powder, hydration and more.
Please note: It is important to remember that these website are only there to give a general guidelines on nutrition. If you require a diet which is specially tailored to yourself as an individual, we recommend seeing a qualified dietitian.