For years the most important meal of the day has been said to be breakfast, but I believe that to be wrong. I suspect most of the readers here could agree that with all the effort you put into your training that your post-workout nutrition just may be more important to you than breakfast. In fact, I believe your post-workout meal is one of the most important meals you can have all day.
The reason I believe this is because in a hard workout, you can use up all your stored glycogen, easily sweat over two liters of water, and break down both muscle and red blood cells. This is why what you as an athlete consume in the minutes and hours after your training or competition is so crucial to both performance and recovery. This week I will look at nutrition recovery and explain it’s importance and the best ways to use it to maximize your results.
Recovery is defined in the Webster dictionary as “the act of regaining or returning toward a normal or healthy state.” In recovery nutrition the foods we choose to consume have been shown to positively affect recovery and an athlete’s future performance.
The Goals and Timeframe of Post Exercise Nutrition
“Recovery” covers a range of processes that include:
- Replenishing the muscle and liver glycogen stores
- Consuming protein to assist with muscle repair
- Restoring fluid and electrolytes lost in sweat
- Supporting the immune system to handle the damage
Read More: via Eating to Recover: How and What to Eat Post Workout | Breaking Muscle.