We all know that feeling of pain and soreness after we have really worked our muscles to their limit and at Team Afterburn we stress the importance of stretching and foam rolling to help limit that soreness. We also stress the importance of your diet when it comes to weight management, but did you know that your diet help with the soreness? There are several muscle recovery foods that can supplement the stretching and foam rolling in helping us quickly overcome our pains and be at our best for our next Afterburn class!
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, which help prevent damage to our muscles after working out! Blueberries can be consumed by themselves but can also be incorporated into a shake, some yogurt, or any other healthy mixture!
Yes, water! If you aren’t staying hydrated, you are likely to get cramps, possibly dizzy, and have a delayed recovery period. The more we sweat, the more water we should be drinking. Plus, drinking water usually helps curb our appetite, which means we eat less as well!
- Foods with potassium
Muscle cramps often develop due to a nutritional deficiency, such as a lack of potassium. It’s no wonder runners are always eating bananas! Sweating and lack of hydration are key culprits of potassium loss. Keeping your diet rich in potassium will help in preventing cramps.
- Tart cherries
According to the Journal of The International Society of Sports Nutrition, tart cherry juice has been proven through studies to reduce inflammation in our muscles and ultimately decrease muscle soreness!
Whether its by way of a shake or the foods you consume, we should strive to get protein in our bodies, particularly after a workout! Protein is essential in repairing muscle fibers and replenishing energy!
Specifically, salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which play a key role in reducing muscle inflammation.
- Quickly-digested carbohydrates
Quickly-digested carbs such as white starch and fruit will give our bodies a quick insulin rush and help replenish our glycogen. If you do this shortly after your workout, you will maximize the benefits on your muscle soreness!
Muscle recovery foods serve a dual purpose! Not only do they help minimize the soreness we experience, but they are all healthy and fit right in with a diet aimed at a healthy lifestyle! Check out more of what Team Afterburn has to offer at www.teamafterburn.com and ask about our 6 week, no commitment trial package for just $75!