It’s safe to say we are stepping into a realm where people are engaging in physical activities and opting for a more health conscious frame of mind and body. We get up, get in a good workout, and ultimately feel a sense of claim and accomplishment. And you should, right? Well, not quite. I’m not one to burst too many bubbles, but POP...you’ve only accomplished half the battle. After working your body to the core, you have to follow through with some sort of post workout nutrition. I too am guilty of the “My workout is enough” bug. Once you become aware of what the body is doing on the inside, you understand that as you do to the body, you have to give to the body as well.
Think of your workout regimen as an investment and chances are with any investment, you want a wealthy return. When you workout, you break down stored muscle carbs, protein structures, and deplete the body’s energy stores. Once you’ve depleted that energy your body signals your immune system for restoration. But what happens if you haven’t given your body anything post workout? You’ve just thrown away your entire investment and there is no return on the work you’ve put in. Your body needs that energy back to replenish muscle groups for healthy weight loss, lean muscles, increased metabolism, and decreased body fat. Doesn’t that sound like a huge return on an investment? And it’s important to remember to replenish the body within 30-60 minutes of working out so that muscles are restored where they may have been burned out during a workout.
To help you get started on thinking about your investment and returns, here a few quick and yummy snacks to grab post workout:
Cucumber slices, spicy chipotle hummus, and shredded carrots - Rich in protein, antioxidants, hydrates the body, reduces cholesterol, promotes joint health, and slows down aging cells
Apple slices, almond butter, and bananas - Immune booster, bone protector, rich in fiber, protein, potassium, iron, Vitamin A, and lowers blood sugar
Edamame beans, diced red onion, parsley cucumber, and tomato chunks - Promotes eye and heart health, plus they are all rich in Vitamins C, E, K, potassium, fiber, and B6
Cottage cheese, cantaloupe, strawberries, and almond slices - Anti-inflammatory agents, promoting healthy glowing skin and bone health, rich in protein, minerals, B vitamins, and antioxidants
Green Juices from kale, spinach, cucumber, mint, red apples, and mint - Oxygenates blood, and they are rich in fiber, iron, Vitamins A, C, K, and promotes cardiovascular support
Fruit Smoothies made with blueberries, banana, goji berries, ginger, and raw coconut water - High in antioxidants, anti-aging benefits, Vitamin A, reduces pain and inflammation, high in potassium, fiber, and antioxidants
As great as it is to be engaged in running, swimming, biking, yoga, etc., it is equally important to give your body the full investment. Just keep in mind, the better the investment, the greater the return.