You're leaving the locker room after your daily workout and an array of people begin to file past you, mixing their protein shakes and recovery drinks. "I need one," you feel inclined to think, not entirely knowing the reason why they all have one in the first place.
The 45 minutes immediately following exercise is referred to as the metabolic window of opportunity and it is within this time that your body is most primed to increase strength and muscle mass. The right amount and composition of nutrients must be ingested at this time to maximize gains in strength and size.
Sometimes walking into a vitamin store can be so overwhelming, with its perfectly aligned walls of vitamins, workout powders and protein mixes, all beckoning you to make an uneducated guess on which will be the right one for you. Here's the deal: many of us depend on these drinks to replenish us after a hard workout and most of the time, the way we decide which will be the best one is by word of mouth.
One of the biggest red flags I've seen coming from iron-pumpers and extensive exercisers is their lack of education and knowledge about properly working out and of nurturing their bodies afterwards. Education is the key to having a life that thrives. Whatever you decide to put in your body, and the energy you decide to exert, should be carefully monitored to produce the healthiest growth.
According to Women's Health Magazine, ""The protein and carbohydrates [that you need after a workout] helps repair torn and stretched muscles." A side benefit: the combo is satiating enough to stave off hunger pangs, so you don't go on a binge when you sit down to your next meal.' People tend to satisfy those post-workout cravings with less than replenishing foods, excusing it with the fact that they worked out extra hard that day. This post-workout window is the most important time to feed your body good, healthy nutrients; whether that is a hearty green salad, or a quick recovery or protein drink - give it what it is really craving. This process is really going to kickstart your body and mind after a hard workout and give you more of the results you might be looking for.
If you are in need of a recommendation, we have a recovery drink that you can purchase in our store called Mike's Mix. Mike is a long-time friend and has produced a mixture that is natural and fitted with the exact nutients your body needs after a hard workout. Whether you decide to go with Mike's Mix or another protein powder or recovery mix, make sure that you have educated yourself with what you specifically need and why you need it. Mike mentions that, "Knowledge is paramount to reaching athletic goals, and [that they] strive to provide simple and straightforward advice on sports nutrition and general fitness."
Here is a smoothie recipe for you guys to try out. Feel free to shake up your drink with water, milk, or make your own smoothie drink! Let us know what you have found out about recovery drinks, protein drinks, and post-workout habits.
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Mike's Mix Smoothie Recipe
- 2 to 3 scoop serving of Original Mike’s Mix Recovery Drink (click link and scroll to the bottom to see your specific conversion).
- 2 cups of frozen strawberries or berry mix
- 1 cup of skim milk (or almond, soy, rice)
- 1 banana
Blend until smooth. Add more liquid for desired consistency.
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