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The best post workout foods

Congratulations- you’ve pulled on your trainers and made it to that gym class, or out for a run. We all know the benefits of regular exercise, not just for our bodies and long-term health, but for our mental health, too. But what's the best way to refuel your body after your workout, without undoing all your hard work?

What you eat after you exercise is almost as important as the workout itself. Eat the right foods and it will help you recover quicker, repair and build up muscle and replenish your energy stores ready for your next session- giving you the boost you need to reach your health and fitness goals.

The key is to choose nutrient-packed foods that are easy to digest-so you can start benefiting from those nutrients as quickly as possible. Proteins, carbohydrates and healthy fats all help support and promote your body’s recovery post-exercise, and eating a combination of these food groups will not only provide you with a good variety of nutrients, it will enhance your performance the next time you work out. Drinking plenty of water after exercise is also important to help you replenish the fluids and electrolytes you sweat out and optimise your recovery.

Here’s a guide to what you should be tucking into after your next gym session and why, along with some healthy recipe ideas for satisfying snacks and meals for you to make at home. This article provides lifestyle advice only. For specific medical advice about diet or exercise you should always speak to your doctor or a medical professional.

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What to eat after a workout

Carbohydrates

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Protein

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Fats

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Preparation is key

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