Don't forget to have a snack after you have an intense exercise session. No, you won't ruin the effort you just put in. Here's what Pamela Nisevich (RD), nutrition coach for Swim, Bike, Run, Eat says:
"During exercise, muscles are broken down and glycogen stores are often depleted. For these reasons alone, recovery is crucial to the endurance athlete.
Daily training without attention paid to recovery can be disastrous.
Improper recovery can lead to fatigue, malaise and susceptibility to injury."
There's no need to eat hundreds of calories (save that for your meals), but a small snack immediately after a workout will refuel your muscles. Remember, they just used their stores of energy up & need to be replenished. This will lead to quicker recovery AND better performance on your next workout!
One of my favorite snacks is a piece of whole wheat toast with a bit of natural peanut butter. But, you can choose any of your favorite healthy carbohydrate (muscles fuel) with a bit of protein.
And, of course, don't forget to hydrate!
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