Most sports dieticians recommend refueling within 30-45 mintues after a workout if it's duration is 60 minutes or more. If you wait 90 minutes, your body may already be starting to consume muscle tissue for fuel and your blood sugar being low, your metabolism may go into starvation mode by then.
I think the best and simliest recovery food is lowfat or skim milk or soy milk. A perfect mix of carbs and protein. Easily digestible and empties your stomach quickly. Sometimes I'll have a bowl of whole grain cereal.
The best is to just time your workout so that you have a normal meal within 45 minutes afterwards.
Stretching is big. If 'm doing an easier workout, I'll only stretch afterwards. If it's intervals or anything fast, I'll stretch after a warm-up.
Remember, hold stretches for at least 10 seconds and DO NOT BOUNCE! This isn't the 1970's.
- 4/25/2011 11:14:00 AM