Postworkout

After you crush a workout, you are mentally on cloud nine. Endorphins are running through your veins, your muscles feel pumped, and you are feeling very accomplished. It is important to properly refuel your body so that it can recover quickly and be ready to demolish the next workout. Here are my recommendations to maximizing your results after your workout.

 

Whey Protein– A high quality whey protein immediately after a workout (the sooner the better!) is one of the best things you can do for your body after a workout. When you are lifting weights, it actually causes your body to flip into a catabolic state or a state of breaking down. This is great for breaking down muscles so they can rebuild nice and strong. However, you don’t want that process to continue or else it will actually continue breaking down your muscle for fuel after a workout. This means that you see very little results or no results at all. Your body needs a few things to flip your system into an anabolic or building state. Whey protein knocks two of them out.

 

One of the most effective hormones our body produces to flip us into an anabolic mode is insulin. Yes, the hormone that you may commonly think of as decreasing your blood sugar. The calories in whey protein will cause a small amount of insulin to be released stopping the excessive catabolic breakdown of muscle.

 

The second thing that your body needs is protein and specifically branched chain amino acids to recover. Whey protein also provides that! Drink up!

 

Multivitamin/multimineral- If your body doesn’t have all of the macro and micronutrients it needs to build muscle it isn’t going to be able to. Many body builders and athletes notice that their hair starts falling out when they are working out really hard. The primary reason for this is a lack of nutrients (and sometimes calories!) Getting a well-rounded multivitamin/multimineral is crucial to take after a workout. It will also keep your energy boosted throughout the day. Some people get a little nauseas taking vitamins and minerals on an empty stomach so I highly recommend taking it with food.

 

Fish oil- I can’t think of any type of exercise that does involve some wear and tear on your joints and adjoining tissues. Over time, this increased stress on the joints will cause them to wear down and lead to degeneration and an increased risk of injury. We have all seen the retired athlete that walks like they are 80 years old. Adding fish oil to your daily routine can actually help lubricate the joints keeping them healthy and better equipped to handle the extra stress that we may place on them during a workout. Fish oil can also help in maintaining a healthy body weight and we all want that.

 

Recommended Dosage:

2 capsules- 3 times daily.

Recommended Dosage:

2 capsules- 3 times daily.

Recommended Dosage:

Take 1 teaspoon by mouth twice daily, holding for 30 seconds before swallowing. May also be stirred into water. Best taken on an empty stomach at least 10 minutes before meals.

Recommended Dosage:

2 capsules twice daily

Recommended Dosage:

1 packet daily

Recommended Dosage:

3/4 scoop twice daily mixed with water

**Always Consult a Physician prior to beginning and new supplements or removing any medications.

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