Post Work-Out Fitness | G MONDAY FITNESS
Many people leave the gym or cardio, aerobic, kickboxing and whatever other fitness classes they are active participants of, go home, lay on the couch and unlock the floodgates of junk food, junk music, junk movies and whatever other desert is listed on their preferred menu of unhealthy living, unaware that fitness isn’t just running-man choreographies on the tread mill or instruction synced movements in fitness classes but is in actuality a full blown way of life.
Yes, exercise is important to the maintenance and vitality of the human body, but many- a-times we forget that doing chain repetitions of push ups and mechanised sprints around the block is only responsible for one-fifth of the strata required for optimum total fitness and wellness. Im sure you’ve all heard the term eat-to live, well nothing could be more hit the nail on the head on point. According to womenshealthmag.com, diet is much more effective than working out when trying to shed those rivalry calories, accounting for up to 80% weight loss while exercising accounts for a meagre but meaningful 20%. Infact, co-founder of SoHo Strength Lab and PROMIX Nutrition, Albert Matheny adds that”You can lose weight without exercise, but you cannot lose weight if your nutrition counteracts your energy expenditure through exercise”. So for those of you who do a sixty minute session in the gym and go home to a feast of burger, fries, that big bowl of ice-cream that you like or an even bigger bowl of eba at past nine, well this could be the reason you haven’t noticed any bucket list improvements to your body physique. So, lets talk diet fitness.
Post-workout shenanigans, any food you have consumed recently i.e before workout is burnt up as the fuel that drives the workout and glycogen is broken down as well. After a couple of hours your muscles begin to repair and rebuild themselves using any available protein in the body, and this is especially the case during the 45minute period post workout where your body is more proficient at absorption of carbs and proteins. It is obvious then that what you eat post workout, like pre-workout, is of extreme importance because it is responsible for your new anatomical layout. Be sure, however, more doesn’t always means better, and an excessive intake of protein, post-workout, gets stored as extra fat in the body, and less does no good either because missing out on a post-workout meal will slow down your ability to recover. Hence, we must never neglect the importance of healthy eating in our fitness regimen because it is the major key to our ultimate formation or deformation down to the cellular level and – bypassing our billboard bound vain accomplishments- is fundamental to the make up of every cell, capillary and organ in our bodies, especially seeing how our bodies fully regenerate themselves after a time period. Nutrition, in essence is paramount to the effectiveness of any workout and is literally the jet fuel you need for firing up your fitness fossils and getting all the sexy benefits in the after-math. A combination of correct dieting and adequate exercising is the best at any stage of wellness. Womenshealthmag add that ‘what you eat matters more than how you work it off, but fitness will push you past plateaus and help you achieve your ultimate goals’. According to MensFitness.com ‘If your main goal is to build muscle, try to eating at least 30 grams of protein and 30 to 35 grams of carbs within about 15 minutes of your workout will aid in muscle growth while taking your time to eat within 45 minutes or an hour after your workout will be beneficial if your just trying to satay in shape or loose some pounds. An example of a suitable nutritional post-workout meal roaster include : Carbs and veggies such as spinach, quinoa, kale, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, chickpeas/kidney beans; proteins like egg, fish, hemp and whey protein, millet, pumpkin and sprouted seeds, nuts, soy milk, chicken breast, greek yoghurt e.t.c, and fat such as avocado as well as wholegrain and fruits can be lovingly transformed into tasty A-star culinary dishes that not only soothe your taste buds but go the step further to release bursts of energy and nutrition.
Post work-out fitness should not come to a chapter close after fixing a nice healthy smoothie before bedtime. What about your mental, spiritual and emotional wellbeing? What are you feeding yourself mentally? Are you interacting with minds aimed at constant expansion? Are you reading books that impact and imprint the right functional nutrients in your mental cranes? Do the movies and music you watch and listen to uplift or depress you subconsciously? Do you take time out to enrich and body build your spirit man? It is hence, impossible to wrap your towel around your neck and bring your fitness to a close because true fitness is whole-istic and never comes ton an end. Ditching the cigarettes, junk food and other unhealthy ways of living will not only help you shed the unwanted weight but the unwanted debris and negativity that lies waste in your being too, replacing it with a toned, flexible and more balanced physical-mental-emotional-spiritual wellbeing which should be the real outcome of a successful post-workout fitness all year round. I mean who likes a sexy person with a nasty and unattractively obese attitude anyway? Remember, whatever you ingest, you are!
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