05 Jul How to Power-Up After Exercise (Even if you’re LAZY to cook)
Been hot and sweaty this week?
If the idea of working out turns you off, it’s perfectly normal and natural.
This is why…
Exercise is a stressor (more on hormesis for another time)
And because we’re lazy creatures, myself included!
But you and I know this for a long time.
Exercise strengthens the heart and improves cardiovascular health.
Makes total sense, right?
Heart is a muscle and if you exercise, it will get stronger.
Of course, too much is not a good thing, likewise if it’s too little.
And once you’re in the motion of exercise, the adrenaline pump rushes in, giving you that runner’s high..
Oh, you don’t wanna stop!
Isn’t that true?
I’m sure you’ve experienced it at least once!
That’s what happened last Sunday in Superman vs Batman race which was real fun, running around with the cape with my good friend. If you’re into Instagram, it’s here.
I swear that the cape gave me super powers to run faster!
And finally back home, my body was crying for more post-work out meal to replenish lost nutrients and help the body to rebuild those muscles.
So, I whipped up this smoothie in less than 3 minutes, packed with yummy goodness to help boost post-workout recovery.
The key here is that any post-workout food should at least have a good amount of liquid+electrolytes for rehydration, protein to repair and build muscle tissue and a decent amount of carbohydrate to re-fuel your energy levels and replace glycogen.
Enough of talk, let’s jump straight into the recipe!
- 2 cups of fresh spinach
- 1 cup of coconut water, cold
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 banana, riped and chopped
- 3 tsp chia seeds
- Add all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend till smooth.
- Add a splash of water if smoothie is too thick.
- *Bonus* Nice long shower + power nap
Chia seeds provide a source of protein.
Coconut water is great for replenishing electrolytes, the nature’s Gatorade. Even better without the chemicals!
Blueberries contain plenty of antioxidants, helping your muscles to recover faster.
Bananas containing carbohydrates to replenish energy quickly after a workout. Good source of potassium and magnesium (to reduce muscle cramps) too!
Go outside and sweat it out =)
Still ain’t moving the bum?
Here’s a tip: Commit to starting something simple.
Even if it’s walking for 5 minutes.
It’s one of my best tricks to get started!
Because you’ll find that you want to keep going.
And remember, even a meh workout is better than none.
Cheering you on,