Post-Workout Tips from Brick Bodies

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We asked Brick Bodies Fitness Services to share their tips for recovering from a walk or run. It may be tempting to "treat yourself" after a workout and reward yourself with unhealthy foods and a nap, but following these guidelines will help aid recovery and energy replenishment. Referring to these eating guidelines will keep you on the right track to success.

  1. Exhausted after a tough COMPto5K practice? Reach for cell-repairing fruits and vegetables to help replenish energy after a workout.
  2. Once your body has cooled down, you can consume more substantial foods like complex carbs and low-fat protein, such as whole wheat pasta and chicken.
  3. Don’t waste your workout: avoid simple sugars and foods high in fat. 
  4. You may feel the urge to take a nap after a strenuous run. However, it is recommended that you eat first, even if it is just a protein shake. (Try mixing one cup of protein powder, one cup of yogurt, one cup of frozen fruit and a tablespoon of almond butter for a post-workout energy boost!) 
  5. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Replacing the fluids you lost is essential to help prevent headaches and muscle cramping.
Need a place to exercise? Looking for extra motivation and guidance with your 5K training program? Join the Brick Bodies 60-day First Step Program! An extra benefit exclusively for the patients of GBMC Bariatric Program: invite a family member to do the program with you FREE of charge! When you exercise with a partner, you are more likely to stick with the program, stay motivated, have fun and get results! Click here for more details.

For more information and to enroll, contact Ranee Appleby, Medical Fitness Director at Brick or 410.252.8058 x7014.

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