I know how hard you attack your workouts but I also want to make sure you’re fueling your body with what it needs after you exercise. Both pre and post-workout nutrition is essential! The purpose of eating after a workout is simple – to fuel, repair and replenish your body. What you eat after exercise depends on the type of training you’re doing and its intensity. So, for more information please see my article below and let me know how you fuel up after a workout. My addiction at the moment after a Dancefit class is peanut butter and banana on wholegrain toast, I cannot believe it is so good for me, its so so tasty!!
Workout Nutrition – how long do I wait?
Consuming a post-workout meal within 2 hours of your Pilates or Dancefit workout will give your body what it needs to repair, grow and build strength for future performance. Ultimately, the timing of your post-workout meal/snack will depend on how hungry you are and how much you ate before your workout. Just like pre-workout meals, post-workout nutrition also depends on what type of training you did and its intensity.
If you attended a Pilates class…
After strength training, protein is needed to repair and grow lean muscle mass, while carbohydrates will replenish your body with energy and prevent muscle soreness. Therefore, a combination of protein and carbs is best after strength training. Remember – fueling your body after a workout is essential to ensure you are not losing muscle mass, but instead maintaining and building it. I love fruit and a yogurt after Pilates!
After cardio, hydration is MOST important! Drinking pure water right after a workout will replenish your body from the water lost during sweat. You then want to replace the energy you used by having a snack or meal high in carbs. Having a healthy carb choice such as fruit, veggies or whole grains will not only refuel your energy levels, but also replace electrolytes lost during your workout.
The amount of carbs and protein you need will depend on how intense your workout was. For example, if you just did a quieter Pilates class, you won’t need as many carbohydrates compared to someone who just finished a high-intensity Dancefit session (when I generally have too much energy and work you harder!) . Generally, the more intense the workout, the more carbs you need. This is when my banana and peanut butter toast snack really comes into its own.
I hope you enjoyed reading this and find that it added value to your healthy journey!