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About Post-Workout Supplements

Post-workout supplements are best taken immediately after exercise to improve recovery. They come in a range of formulations to the differing needs of the individual, based on their diet and type of exercise undertaken, from whey protein isolates to vegan protein powders, to amino acids and carbohydrates blends. Post-workout supplement speed recovery at a time when the body is in a depleted state and highly receptive to certain nutrients. 

 

Getting your nutrition right after exercise gives you a significant recovery advantage, especially when it comes to glycogen replenishemt for enduance athletes. Strenuous exercise creates quite a catabolic biological envinonment. The scientific evidence is clear that an anabolic state is not achieved until protein refeeding takes place. Therefore, in order to stimulate protein synthesis and support muscular adaptation, quality protein or amino acids must be ingested. 

 

The enzyme glycogen synthase is very active immediately after exercise. This enzyme is responsible for the synthesis of muscle glycogen—a storage form of glucose used for energy. Consuming carbohydrates immediately after exercise is an effective strategy for replenishing muscle glycogen, which is an important part of the recovery process. This may be in the form of a high glycemic index carbohydrate, which is about the only time a high GI carb is beneficial. This is due to the fact that they digested rapidly and elevate the blood sugar fast, getting to muscles and even the liver where they are needed.

 

Some post-workout supplements can improve mental relaxation and calm the nervous system as well. These products can be helpful when training in the late afternoon or night, when relaxation before bed can be difficult, perhaps due to the stimulatory effects of the exercise itself or the use of a caffeinated pre-workout. Our ability to relax after exercise and have a deep and rejuvenative sleep is critical to recovery. Some exercise types that can be particularly stimulating on the nervous system, even without pre-workout, are heavy weight lifting exercises that recruit large muscles groups, such as squats and deadlifts.

 

The recovery process also determines what level of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) we will experience. This can be quite an issue when beginning a new exercise program, or when planning to make a new personal best. DOMS is the pain that can be experienced up to 48-72 hours after training, and can be quite severe, particularly for those who are just starting out on their exercise journey. Also, adequate recovery and adaptation is usually why we train. And if we do not adequately recover or adapt to our chosen form of training, then we do not experience as much benefit.

 

For example, interesting research indicates that cortisol levels increase during strenuous exercise or aerobic exercise over 40% VO2. And if we do not consume some high quality protein after exercise, we stay catabolic. Without protein feeding, this catabolism actually increases a few hours after exercise to a much greater degree, breaking down even more muscle tissue to supply the blood with essential amino acids. This indicates unfavourable changes to the exercise that we just performed, with stunted adaptation. Consuming a high quality protein food source or powder after exercise, that also has the quantity of protein we need, helps to ensure that we adapt well and experience maximal benefits from our chosen form of activity.

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