What you eat and when you eat it is something we’ve discussed the importance of before.
However, do you really understand why food is crucial to your recovery after a tough Pilates class? Many people don’t, and we want to change that.
Today we are talking food and recovery, so keep reading if this sounds like something you need to know (a.k.a. If you workout).
Why Food is Important in Your Pilates Recovery
Enhance Muscle Recovery
The whole point of working out is to build muscle, right? It may not be the only reason you’re putting in the time, but it is certainly one of the major reasons you are, so you want to make sure you’re following through on this by recovering your muscles in the best way possible: by eating the right foods.
Opt for whole foods that include carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals to get the best muscle recovery.
Carbs are stored in our muscles as glycogen and when working out, you are depleting that reserve of glycogen. Thus, upon completion of your workout, it is vital that you eat carbohydrates to replenish that reserve. The more whole and less processed foods you eat, the better.
Protein is essential not only to our muscle recovery, but also in our muscle growth. As long as the protein you’re eating is high-quality and not processed, you’ll find that protein also helps ease any muscle soreness you may be dealing with due to your workout.
Depending on your dietary needs, you may or may not be able to eat the following that are ideal protein sources for muscle recovery:
- Lean meat
- Nut butter
While vitamin D is lauded for its ability to help in bone health, it also plays an important role in recovering your muscles after your Pilates class. Most people are unable to get enough vitamin D naturally, so many opt for supplements. However there are some foods that are great sources of vitamin D:
Iron is essential in transporting oxygen from your lungs to all parts of your body and keeping everything moving smoothly, including your muscles. Thus, post-Pilates you want to eat food that has iron in it to promote that continued role of bringing oxygen to your muscles -- this will aid in muscle function and recovery.
We already know that eating food following your Pilates class is important, but have you ever thought of why? That muscle recovery is vital to keeping your muscles safe, and for keeping them strong for your next Pilates class.