Those of us that are looking to get into great shape (or are already in good shape and enjoy superb overall health) know how important it is not just to exercise regularly, but also eat the right things. As the famous Jack LaLanne once said "Exercise is king, diet is queen - put them together, and you have a kingdom". It's a simple message, but one that cannot be emphasized enough.
And in accordance with this, one of the most important things you can do with respect to your nutrition is to eat the right things immediately after a workout. This is important regardless of whether or not you currently exercise, or are looking to drop a few pounds, or fall into neither of the two categories - but it assumes greater importance RIGHT AFTER a tough workout, because that is when your body requires proper nutrition to start the process of rebuilding the muscle fibres you just tore down during your workout.
Eat a greasy, fat laden cheeseburger right after your workout, and chances are that the buzz you've got from your workout will go away after a while, only to replaced by a feeling of fatigue. On the other hand, eat a light, nutritious snack - and your energy levels will shoot through the roof, and stay there a while. If you don't believe me, skip the post-workout heavy meal the next time you workout - replace with boiled eggs and almonds, and then tell me how you feel for the rest of the day.
But though boiled eggs and almonds are a GREAT post-workout meal (I partake of these on a regular basis), there is something else that works even better for me - and that something is not even a solid food - it's meant to be drunk, not eaten.
And just in case you've already decided you know what it is - NO, It's NOT milk. It's NOT the latest protein shake, banana shake, or any other "shake" for that matter. And it's not water, though you do need to drink the right amount of water after (and during) your workout.
Ok, so what IS it then?
The answer is: green tea, or GENUINE Chinese green tea to be specific.
Yes, you heard me right. Not any sort of supplement, or any magic "post workout drink". No protein shakes, nothing - just genuine Chinese green tea - right after a tough workout.
Green tea is one of the best drinks I've ever discovered. In addition to quitting coffee right after I discovered this "magic" drink in China (and drinking green tea is common in China - unlike other parts of the world), I've made sure I partake of green tea on a daily basis - all throughout the day, but also right after my workout. It's well known that green tea is choc-a-bloc full of anti-oxidants that nuke the free radicals (bad stuff) in your body - and THIS is what you require the MOST after a tough workout. Sure, protiens are required - but I can't say enough good things about blasting away the free radicals in your body right after a tough workout.
I feel AWESOME after a mug of hot green tea (more so after a tough workout) - and so will YOU. Just make sure it is genuine Chinese green tea - not the artificial stuff sold in tea bags, and you're all set. Also, and this is important - make sure you prepare the tea correctly, or you'll risk ruining the taste.
Give this a try, and let me know how it goes for you!
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