Have you ever thought to yourself or wondered what you should be eating post workout/ competition to optimize your bodies recovery? One of the most important parts of your training is what you do in the 30 minutes after. During your workout you are breaking down your tissue so that you can build it back up even stronger, but your body needs 2 things immediately after your workout to optimize muscle growth, protein and carbohydrates. It’s been identified that the most optimal amount is 30-60 grams of carbohydrates and 10-20 grams of protein in the first 30 minutes post workout to get the most benefit.
Can I eat anything, or should I stick to certain foods?
Most things are beneficial to eat post workout as long as you are getting enough carbs and enough protein. Some options include: • Protein shake • 20 oz chocolate milk • Corn flakes with skim milk • Protein bar • Bagel with peanut butter and yogurt • Greek yogurt • Turkey sandwich • Smoothie with milk/yogurt • Trail mix Why is this important? Recovering after a workout or competition is how you avoid plateaus and continue to progress your level of performance. Meaning what you ingest after your workout matters just as much as the workout itself. Please contact Dr Ben Bagge at prokinetixrehab.com for his expertise in performance enhancement if you have any further questions regarding post workout nutrition. Stay tuned for future posts on how to optimize your recovery from an injury with your diet!
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