Now that you’ve mastered your pre-workout fuel, it’s time to move onto the post-workout segment!
Just as we’ve learnt the importance of carbohydrates pre-workout, good quality carbohydrates are also incredibly important post-workout to replenish lost glycogen stores and help aid in recovery.
Nailing your post-workout meal will allow for optimal muscle repair and growth as well as support the immune system, boost adaptations from that training session and ensure you’re adequately refuelled and rehydrated.
The post-workout meal should place a focus on good quality carbohydrate and protein sources. From there, getting nice and colourful with a variety of different fruit or vegetables will add in important micronutrients and powerful antioxidants which will further aid in recovery, inflammation, overall health and immune function.
While the body is most efficient at promoting muscle growth and repair within the first 60-90 minutes after a workout, you’ll still have ample recovery if you eat after this time frame. Where this could be of higher importance is if you were doing two training sessions relatively close to each other/in one day or training in the evening then backing it up with a morning session.
If you struggle to get in a meal post-training or are in a rush, you’ve always got the convenient option of a protein shake + a banana! Then when you do have time, you can sit down for a proper meal.
Don’t forget to also rehydrate after your training session to replace all lost fluids too.
As always, if you have any questions feel free to ask away!