There are many ways to help your body after a good workout. Stretching and resting are vital. Food can make a big difference in your recovery time. You will feel more energetic and years younger.
Here are 7 ‘fitness foods’ to help you get in shape faster.
Honey is a natural source of energy. It will give you power, speed and endurance fast.
The University of Memphis Exercise and Sport Nutrition Laboratory gave honey to competitive cyclists and found that they were faster for a longer period of time.
Honey stabilizes sugar and insulin levels in your blood. This helps you crave less food and workout for longer, getting you in shape faster.
SALMON: MUSCLE BUILDER
Omega-3 fatty acids has many, many benefits. From preventing type 2 diabetes to fighting heart disease.
Research has now shown that it boosts your muscle development. Your body will use up to twice the amount of amino acids, which builds new protein tissues and skeletal muscles.
It is important that the salmon be wild. Farmed salmons are not as high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Eat it at least 2 times a week.
WATERMELON: MUSCLE SORENESS
Consuming 16 ounces of watermelon and hour before exercise reduces muscle soreness, Spanish scientists found. They linked it to lower blood pressure and better artery function.
You can find juices everywhere nowadays. It is always better to eat the fruit directly, especially the white rind, which has higher concentrations of everything you need to fight muscle soreness.
POMEGRANATE: MUSCLE STRENGTH
Recovering your muscle strength after a good workout is basic to be able to keep going. If your recovery time takes too long, you will suffer and you are more likely to quit. Don’t!
Eat pomegranate instead. The University of Texas at Austin found that those athletes who drank 4 ounces of pomegranate juice had less muscle soreness and increased muscle strength.
The Journal of Applied Physiology that consuming carbs and coffee after a hard workout increased glycogen levels in your muscles by 66%.
Glycogen is the way your body stores carbohydrates. Increasing your level of glycogen, translates into your body being able to workout harder and longer next time. This will increase the pace of your workouts and get you to your target shape faster.
WATERCRESS: DNA damage
The British Journal of Nutrition concluded that eating 3 ounces of watercress reduces exercise-induced DNA damage from the get go.
It not only protects your body but it also saves it the work of having to repair itself, leaving it free to concentrate on what is really important.
DARK CHOCOLATE: EXERCISE-INDUCED STRESS
The Europen Journal of Nutrition published a study that found the following: eating 3.5 ounces of 70% dark chocolate two hours before cycling for two and half hours, gave athletes high blood antioxidant levels and reduced exercise-induced cell stress.
You probably do not need to ingest as much. A few squares of chocolate per day should be enough. Eat it with fruit, on salads, smoothies or cereals.