There are many well-known benefits of practicing yoga and if you consume the proper nutrients afterward, you can expand these benefits even further. It is also important to remember that you should never skip a post-exercise meal or snack as this can cause a loss of muscle and could actually slow down your metabolism.
During and after any physical activity, your body can become severely dehydrated. Water should always be the first thing that you put into your body after an intense yoga session because it replenishes, refuels, rehydrates and helps you avoid overeating later. If you have a hard time getting yourself to drink a lot of plain water, try squeezing fresh lemon or lime into your glass, or consider buying coconut water for your fridge.
In addition to being dehydrated, your body is also depleted of stored glycogen after working out. Therefore, it is essential to consume some type of complex carbohydrate along with some type of protein.
Healthy post-workout carbohydrates include:
• Cereal such as cornflakes
• Sweet potatoes
• Raspberries and blueberries
• Brown rice
• Fruit salad
• Whole grain or brown-rice pasta
• 1 slice of whole grain bread
You should also munch on a protein filled snack or meal, especially after more vigorous practices, like YogaStrength and YogaFit Core. Doing so repairs stress-induced muscle breakdown and recharges your energy.
Food options that are packed with protein include:
• Tuna or fish
• Cottage cheese
• Whey protein shake
• Dried nuts or seeds
• Greek yogurt
Believe it or not, chocolate milk also makes it on this list. Recent research has shown that chocolate milk is the latest craze in post-workout snacks because it has everything you need in one glass: carbs and protein for muscle recovery.
With this list of nutritious options, you can take your yoga practice to the next level and consciously watch what you eat after every workout.