Anyone with a health-conscious mindset wants to feel healthier, have more energy, and maintain a healthy weight through their exercise regimen. However, there comes a time when even the most active individuals see their progress hit a brick wall for no apparent reason. Making small changes to your routine before and after you exercise can go a long way to help you maximize the benefits of exercise.
It is crucial to fuel and your body properly with good nutrition and hydration. To begin with, it is vital to eat fresh, whole foods rather than processed foods that may be filled with artificial ingredients. The second most-important step to take is the most obvious: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. It is important to drink water before, during, and after exercise.
Water helps to regulate your body temperature and also aids in the lubrication of your joints. It also helps to transport important nutrients to energize your body during and after exercise. Simply put, if you are not properly hydrated, you cannot perform at your highest level. At the same time, dehydration can cause you to feel to feel dizzy, tired, have muscle cramps, and other serious complications.
That said, all of that hydration essentially goes to waste if your body does not have the proper nutrients it needs to combat the strain of exercise. Providing your body with the right nutrients at the correct time, and more importantly with the right amount, can maximize your exercise routine and provide the following benefits:
Prior to working out, eat around 100 calories of high-quality carbohydrates for every hour that you plan to exercise. This will give your body the fuel it needs without depleting its balance of nutrients. In addition to the obvious hydration, taurine, arginine, and glutathione are extraordinarily beneficial for performance, endurance, lung circulation, protein metabolism, and more.
How take care of your body during the recovery period can mean the difference between feeling alright and feeling fantastic.
Within an hour after a workout the body begins to recover and needs to replenish what was lost during the exercise routine. It is also important to detoxify and flush out the body. The liver is the main organ involved in detoxification, acting as the body’s filter for blood coming from the digestive tract to the rest of the body. By providing your body with a cleanse of nutrients, essential amino acids, and vitamins, you can improve the liver’s ability to remove toxins. Similar to before your workout, it is equally important to provide your body with plenty of hydration after you exercise.
Making sure you rest after you work out is as important as the exercise itself. Taking a few days of rest in-between exercise routines will help your body maximize the benefits. Muscles rebuild and recover during periods of rest, and an insufficient amount of rest can lead to over-exertion injuries, dehydration, as well as muscle and joint pain.
Biotin: Plays a crucial role in converting carbohydrates, fats and proteins into energy. It also helps keep hair and skin looking healthy.
Vitamin C: Helps metabolize carbohydrates for energy and protects the body from exercise-induced, oxidative stress.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids: As important as they are for many bodily functions, they are not produced by the body itself. These fats aid with improved cardiovascular activity as well as hunger suppression to aid in weight loss.
Vitamin B12: Plays a part in forming red blood cells and converting food into energy. It also ensures that the brain and muscles communicate efficiently, which affects muscle growth.
Magnesium: Found in the muscles, soft tissues and body fluids, magnesium plays a vital part in muscle contraction and helps to boost your energy levels. It can also reduce fatigue and muscle cramps.
Riboflavin: Aids with the breakdown of protein, carbohydrates and fat, which are transformed into energy, and also supports the antioxidants in the body.
Zinc: Enables your body to produce muscle-building testosterone. It also promotes recovery from exercise, boosts fertility and increases your number of infection-fighting T-cells.
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