After being invited to the race, their’s nothing like a post workout meal it’s just heaven. One of the things that drive me to the finish line even when I’m only training is to savor my delicious food afterwards. Running, working out or competing is just not a reason to think you can have ANYTHING to eat because you just burned a thousand calories. If you give your best at a race and get home to order pizza, yeah you might get the calories replenished, but for sure you won’t help the body recovery nutritionally from a high intensity session.
The truth is, exercising itself is not the act that brings the health benefits, is what happens afterwards that provides benefits after all. So, if you kick ass sweating but don’t help your body recover, exercise can become what you would never imagine, and that is a degenerative act. Because when you exercise you also oxidize cells, you damage muscle tissue, you create free radicals, bones get micro-fractures (when exercise implies impact) and you might even dehydrate. When all this processes get into recovery mode, the body gets more efficient, cellular growth is boosted, muscle grows, free radicals are gone, bones get stronger and your blood volumen stabilizes when you are hydrated. Now with this in mind, you might get the idea of why eating properly, before and after working out is so fundamental.
So here you’ve got my post workout smoothie after today’s 10k run. Rich in antioxidants, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamin C, iron and anti-inflammatory agents.
Post Run Smoothie (Serves 1 big)
- 2 cups kale or chards or any green leave
- 2 cups of fresh orange juice
- 1 cup strawberries
- 2 kiwi (I didn’t peel them, and so that’s what gave the smoothie its color)
- 1 banana
- 1 lemon, squeezed
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