THE AFTER IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE BEFORE
First off, congrats! Setting and succeeding in your goal is quite an accomplishment. There’s nothing like the feeling of crossing the finish line, knowing that everything you prepared your body for just paid off.
When you hear about cyclists preparing for a ride, it’s just that – the preparation. When in actuality, the before, during, and after are all equally important. From bicycle repair in Massachusetts to what you consume when the journey is complete, every detail matters. In this article, we’re switching up the focus a bit and going to the after.
FOOD IS FUEL
When training, we often put a strong focus on our fuel. This focus carries into the ride to be sure we have enough energy and stamina to push through the highly demanding challenge. But, what about after the journey is complete and we’re back home? Refueling is a critical stage in recovery that should never be overlooked. Before you grab aimlessly for something to eat, consider these options:
Glycogen serves as a form of energy storage in our bodies. When we eat carbs, our body converts them into glucose or sugar. That sugar is used for energy. Muscle glycogen converts to glucose that is used throughout our entire central nervous system. Glycogen is crucial for energy production.
So, in human terms, make sure you eat your carbs. However, you don’t want to overload on simple carbs like the “whites” instead choose complex carbohydrates to replenish your body. Food like oatmeal, brown rice, and quinoa are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, and fiber that will help to replenish your post-ride body.
No, we’re not talking about protein shakes here. We’re talking about real food – chicken, eggs, peanut butter, fish, yogurt, and beans. By consuming protein after a workout, you’ll help the muscles to heal while preventing the loss of lean muscle mass. However, it’s important to mix protein with carbohydrates to help your body better absorb the proteins.
Yes, you read that right. According to an article written by Medicine in Sports Science, chocolate milk contains the optimal 4:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio, making it one of the best post-workout recovery foods available. Drinking chocolate milk immediately after exercise has proven to alleviate muscle damage while replenishing glycogen.
From bicycle repair in Massachusetts to in-depth sport helpfuls, at CK Bikes, we have your ride covered. No matter what stage of the journey you may be, our team is here to help you succeed.
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