What are some good foods to eat after working out?

You’re exhausted and your stomach just rumbled – but wait, you don’t want to consume all those calories you just worked so hard to burn, right? This informative article is in response to a question asked on Y! Answers here.

Whether you just spent 10 minutes exercising or two hours it’s important that you nourish your body after exercising to replace key vitamins and nutrients. But just what are those foods? Let’s take a look.

Amino Acids

First of all, what the heck is an Amino Acid? Basically they’re the building blocks of your existence – yeah, pretty important. Even more importantly, your body uses an absolute TON of these in rebuilding muscles balancing hormones and adding structure to your bones. Essentially you gotta replenish these things, but what to eat? Protein!

  • Meat
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Fish

The Carbs!! (ohydrates)

Exercise also has a way of peeking into your sugar reserves and stealing from them. A more complicated way of describing this uses the word glycogen.┬áBasically your body uses an immense amount of these while exercising, so you need to replenish them. Here’s how:

  • Rice
  • Any and all fruits and vegetables
  • Oatmeal
  • Any whole grains

Don’t forget the Water

It’s also very important to replenish your bodily fluids. The most effective way of doing this is through good ol’ water (though Gatorade can do a bang-up job of replacing electrolytes and such). You can visit a post on water consumption here.

Hope this helps unveil some of the mysteries – happy exercising! (and eating)

- T.A.B

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