The warm days of summer are slowly fading and as we get back into the school morning and carpool routines we are also finding the time to get back to taking care of ourselves. In addition to the nutrient dense foods that we advocate and fuel ourselves with each day, it is equally important to find the time to workout! Whether your choice of exercise is running, walking, group exercise, yoga or one of the other many challenging choices that are available today, the most important part is to choose one that you love! If you love it, you are more likely to make it a part of your everyday routine.
The time you spend working out is of such benefit to your body for a myriad of reasons from stress relief, endorphin release, cardiovascular benefits and so on. However, the effort you put into working out should also match the effort of what you plan to fuel your body with post workout. One of the many struggles that we hear from our clients and friends is what should I be eating post workout, and how soon post workout should I be eating?
While it can definitely be easy and tempting to grab a cup of coffee after you workout and not put much thought into what food to eat. In order to keep away the feelings of hunger during the day you need to eat within 20 to 30 minutes post workout. It is incredibly important to replace the glycogen stores that have been lost during your workout. This one also requires some planning as you may be finishing your workout just in time to run out the door to grab your preschooler or rush to the bus stop.
Some great post workout snacks on the go include Cacao Energy Bar, Tulli Energy Poppers, almonds and raisins, a smoothie, vegetables and hummus or a banana with a nut butter of choice. Once you have the time to actually consume a meal it should be as alkalizing as possible, think dark leafy greens, a myriad of vegetables, protein (animal or plant), a healthy fat, topped with apple cider vinegar and olive oil with a drizzle of honey (my favorite). An alkalizing meal is important post workout due to the increase of oxygen in your bloodstream which can lead to oxidative stress and free radicals that can all be neutralized with antioxidants. Antioxidants come in the form of nuts, seeds, beans, fruits and vegetables.
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