Its tempting to reach for the first muffin you see after working out, but the right snack or drink can help your body repair tissue faster, build lean muscle more effectively and even boost fat burn. Heres team ELLEs top sixMore
Best for: lean muscle building If you want to build a lean physique (think the Victoria Secret’s models, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Elle Macpherson, and you get the idea) then you need to boost your protein intake. Post- exercise 20g of protein is ideal for recovery and helping maintain lean muscle mass. A chicken or turkey breast would be a good suggestion as would white fish or tuna’ says personal trainer to the stars, Matt Roberts.
Best for: muscle repairBefore summer we all tend to ramp up our fitness regimes, but if you’re working out hard, sore muscles can prevent you from keeping to a regular schedule. The key is to fuel your body post-workout with something that repairs muscles fast. CherryActive contains a mix of natural compounds, including anthocyanins, which are known to have anti-inflammatory properties (helping to relieve torn muscle tissue). Research, from London South Bank University, has shown that athletes recover faster and suffer less soreness after taking CherryActive. It is also high in antioxidants that mop up free radicals that our body releases during exercise, (who knew!). You can dilute it into water after working out or in a smoothie for breakfast on rest days.