Do you think you should only stretch before a workout and not after? Think again! Here’s truth behind post workout myths and fitness half-truths you believe in.
If you are having sports drinks post workout as a potent rehydration agent, you are not making the wisest of choices. Most varieties of sports drinks are high in calories and sugar and not as effective as water at preventing dehydration. To replenish body fluids, you have to avoid processed sugar and sugar substitutes. For rehydration, stick with water.
You may be doing warm up stretches to get your muscles running before a workout. Likewise, you need to do stretching exercises post workout to bring those muscles to rest. Doing cool-down exercises at the end of a session can also prevent injuries.
A study at the McMaster University suggests that muscle protein synthesis continues for 24 to 48 hours after exercising. So, there is no hurry to eat protein or carry protein shake bottles to the gym. However, don’t wait too long to eat so that your body doesn’t starve. As long as it is a nutritious meal, it will count and benefit you.
According to a research at the International Society of Sports Nutrition, gulping a pint of beer post-workout is not as counterproductive as it is considered to be. If it is only a pint, it is going to restore the calories you have expended. However, keep it to one pint.
It is easy to fall prey to phony claims of supplement makers. You never know if it will work for you and your body. Your body needs fuel. If you are meeting nutritional requirements (protein, carbohydrates, amino acids, water) through your diet, it is enough and the best post workout nutrition. You can try and check if it works for you.
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