Even when you’re done with your workout, you’re not quite finished doing what you need to do to be good to your body. It’s a good idea to cool down, stretch and drink up to rehydrate. You should also eat something before going about your day.
The best time to eat is within 30 minutes of finishing your workout. It’s during this 30-minute recovery window that your body is most receptive to restoring fluids and nutrients. The post-workout food you eat helps replace the energy your body has used while exercising. It also helps rebuild and repair your muscles. That’s why in addition to eating shortly after finishing your workout, it’s equally important to choose the right foods.
The best foods to eat after a workout should contain carbohydrates and protein, with only limited amounts of fat because fat slows down your digestive system.
Not sure what to eat? Watch this video for 5 healthy post-workout snack suggestions from a registered dietitian.
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Date Last Reviewed: January 16, 2019
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