Post-workout nutrition is an essential part of your overall training routine. Eating the right type and amounts of foods can help your body refuel and recover after a run. When you refuel properly, you have the ability to rehydrate the fluids and electrolytes you lost through sweat, replenish muscle glycogen stores, and repair muscle tissue.
Here’s the inside scoop on post-workout nutrition and what you need to know so you can be a better, faster, and stronger runner today (or after your next run)…
What is glycogen?
Glycogen is the storage form of glucose, or metabolized carbohydrates. It is stored in the liver and the muscle and provides the body with a readily available source of energy.
How does glycogen provide energy when you work out?
Basically when you eat sources of carbohydrates (like pasta, potatoes, fruit, milk), your body breaks it down and stores it in your muscle to fuel you through a run.
Why is it important to eat after running?
Every time we workout, we deplete glycogen storages – so it’s important to maintain these energy stores.
There’s a great study that shows the depleting effect of repeated exercise upon glycogen stores. In this study, athletes ran hard for ten miles on three consecutive days while eating a "typical American diet" (low in carbohydrate and high in protein and fat). By the t