By Jennifer Morrow
You did it! With bathing suit season right around the corner, you mustered up the discipline to dust off those running shoes and hit the trail. You’re sweaty, and it feels great! Now what? If your answer to that question is “collapse,” you have missed a key ingredient to exercise: RECOVERY.
Have you ever noticed someone who puts hours upon hours on a treadmill day after day, but he/she never seems to look any different? There is a scientific reason for that. No matter the intensity or type of exercise, the human body pulls glycogen (stored sugars) from the cells of its muscles for quick energy during physical exertion. It is very important to replenish the burned glycogen within 45 minutes of your workout. If you miss this narrow window of time, your body will force itself to cannibalize its own muscle tissue for energy! In other words, the very reason that you got off the couch to begin with could be undermined if you don’t take the proper steps post-workout.
The solution is to drink a high glycemic based drink immediately following exercise. The sugars race into your muscles replenishing the lost glycogen. This is the beginning of recovery and key to muscle gain. Even if you are just trying to burn fat, replacing the sugars that you just burned enables your body to keep your metabolism humming by keeping your muscles fed. This allows you to continue to burn fat.
But don’t just replace your sugars with empty calories. Performance Food Centers (PFC) has designed the perfect post-workout Recovery Shake, which uses only vine ripened nutrient dense fruits. These shakes have no added sugars, only those coming straight from Mother Nature. You can even personalize them with nutritional add-ins, which have been designed to help you realize your fitness goals much quicker.
Your body burns glycogen best. This is stored sugar. The best time to store that sugar is right after exercise. Timing is everything!
Healthy Lounge in Downtown Greenville is proud to be serving PFC’s shakes at its new Healthy Beverage Bar. They are conveniently located in Riverplace right along the river and the Swamp Rabbit Trail. To view the full menu, click here. Rapid Recharge with a Recovery Shake after your next workout. Your body will thank you! For more information, visit www.healthylounge.com. To view the full menu, click here.