The Fitness Principle

Top Five Foods for After a Workout

I recently discussed the top five foods for before a workout. Just as important as what you eat and drink before a workout is what you eat and drink AFTER a workout.

During exercise, especially an intensive training regimen, the body uses up a lot of its stored energy. That is why it is so important to refuel after a workout with foods and beverages that will help replenish the nutrients you may have lost during your routine.

Replacing those nutrients requires at least a fundamental knowledge of which ones might have been used up so that you know what needs to be replaced.

I am listing below five of the top foods you can consume after a workout.

  • Water - Be sure to drink enough to replace losses due to perspiration; 16-24 ounces per pound of sweat lost. You should be able to determine this by weighing yourself before and after the workout.
  • Sports drink - replaces carbohydrates and electrolytes quickly if exercising vigorously
  • Whey Protein - quick-digesting protein that aids in muscle growth and repair post- workout
  • Simple carbohydrates - essential to building adequate glycogen stores for recovery and continued training; examples -- baked chips, Chees' Its, pretzels
  • Low-fat chocolate milk - quick and easy; good carb-protein mix to aid in recovery

Mackie Spotlight

EJGH’s very own Mackie Shilstone, Executive Director of the Fitness Principle, is in New York working with Serena Williams as she goes for another U.S. Open title. As Williams’s Fitness Coach, Mackie will be part of the team preparing her for matches throughout the tournament. To give everyone a behind-the-scenes look at how Williams prepares for every opponent, Mackie is writing a daily postcard for detailing all the day’s happenings. Check back daily for updates. 8/22/13
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