July 23, 2012
What is Recovery Nutrition?
In a nutshell, recovery nutrition is the process of refueling your body with food and drink after rigorous physical activity such as a practice, workout or game. More specifically, as an athlete, you burn a large amount of calories (or fuel) during a practice or a game. While you practice and compete, energy stores are used up and recovery nutrition is important for “restocking” them. Without proper recovery nutrition, you may feel sluggish and tired during the next time you perform. Recovery nutrition is also important for rebuilding and repairing muscle tissue that has been broken down during practices and competition. Recovery nutrition does have a time factor: you should consume a snack or meal within 30 minutes to 1 hour of rigorous physical activity. To achieve optimal recovery, strive for a meal or snack that consists of a combination of carbohydrates (grains, pasta, fruit, starchy vegetables, bread, etc.) and protein (meats, dairy, nuts, soy).