No matter what exercise or sport you do, the faster you recover, the better you train. If you compete, the better you train, the better you play.
If you are a runner, you will build up Lactic Acid, which causes a heavy feeling and tightness the next time you run. The same will apply with bike riding; your legs will feel heavy.
Taking Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) will dramatically reduce this lactic acid. Some examples are:
- If you play a sport such as tennis, golf, squash, hockey or you are a swimmer, the lactic build up is all through your body- not just in the legs.
- Apart from the BCAAs, you should think about your whole protein intake- meat, fish, chicken, eggs, lentils, and nuts. BCAAs are in these foods- just not enough.
- If you are a vegan, we have White Wolf Vegan Protein and Prana vegan proteins. We also have all our dairy/whey-based proteins.
Some people really do suffer with recovery and find it really difficult. If you do, add some Glutamine. It is also really great for recovery.
Triathletes and distance athletes should always have electrolytes- sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium in the drink bottles to reduce dehydration and cramping.
You can also take gels or blocks. Sodium Bicarbonate tablets also remove lactic acid build up.
Salt Stick products- buffered Electrolyte Salts also help reduce heat stress, muscle cramping and maintain electrolyte levels.
For people lifting weights and really wanting muscle growth you will normally be taking a protein supplement, plus a pre-workout or creatine. This means your muscles will be very stressed and recovery may be slow. If this is the case, you will respond very well to BCAAs and Glutamine.
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Written by Ian
Owner of Evelyn Faye Nutrition