As a member at Prime Mover, something you have probably quickly discovered is that exercise is only half the battle when it comes to getting in shape. Sure the workouts are INTENSE (I know I don’t have to tell you that!), but what if I told you there is a super simple way to enhance the benefits you get from your PM workouts?
You see, what you’re putting in your mouth is equally, if not more important than the work you’re putting in at the gym. I mean they don’t say “abs are made in the kitchen” for no reason! So what exactly do you need to be eating post workout to ensure you’re getting the correct balance of nutrients post workout?
- PROTEIN– During exercise protein in your muscles begins to break down, so in order to rebuild and prevent further breakdown it is important to consume protein post workout. By doing this you will help to decrease the rate of protein breakdown in your body following your workout, which is necessary when trying to maintain strength and develop muscle. (Yes ladies, muscle = tone!)
- FAST-RELEASING CARBS– In addition to the protein breakdown, the carbohydrate stores in your muscles begin to breakdown during exercise as well. You want your post workout meal to be quickly absorbed and digested, so the best option here is a fast-releasing carbohydrate (i.e. a banana). It will be difficult to reach your full potential with training if you’re lacking in these two essential nutrients.
- ELECTROLYTES– Electrolytes are minerals within your body, which are also depleted during exercise. Along with proteins and carbohydrates, it is important to replenish your electrolyte stores after a workout in order to rehydrate and prevent muscle fatigue and cramping. Simply rehydrating with water after a workout will not replenish these important mineral stores in the body, so it’s important to consume something containing electrolytes (like coconut water for example) after an intense workout.
We know first-hand how exhausted (and awesome!) you can feel after finishing an insane PM workout and the last thing you want to do is figure out what to eat post workout. So to help y’all out, we have put together a recipe to make it as simple as ever for you to get these essential nutrients back into your body as quickly as possible.
Our Prime Mover Recovery Shake from the Refuel Cafe is the perfect combination of proteins, carbohydrates, and electrolytes to help you maximize your post workout results! In this shake you will get a serving of whey protein (essential proteins), ½ banana (fast-releasing carb), honey (fast-releasing carb), and coconut water (electrolytes) all blended together into a deliciously sweet shake.
Pop into Refuel Café after your next PM workout to see for yourself just how good these shakes really are!