Recovery nutrition is slightly different for male and females, however both males and females should be eating as quickly as possible after a training session or race for optimal recovery, digestion, immune health and hormone health. Let’s discuss why.
When you exercise, regardless of whether it is aerobic or strength training, your body uses glycogen to fuel the majority of the training session. This glycogen will come from the food sources you eat before training sessions as well as the stored glycogen in your muscles and liver.
After training, your body is primed to make move carbohydrates (glycogen) back to your muscles, to replace the used glycogen stores. Your body does this from the carbohydrate-rich foods you eat after you finish your training session. This newly stored glycogen will then be used as energy for your body during the rest of the day and in your next training session.