If you want to crush your running goals, break a personal record or improve recovery time, you're in luck. By making a few intentional changes, you can see the results you've been hoping for. Focus on better nutrition, hydration and strength training. Here's how and why.
1. Choose the Right Foods
Many runners believe that exercise makes it okay to consume Oreos, cheese burgers and soda. However, these products are acid forming and artery clogging, they contain trans fat, and they're highly processed.
While these processed and fatty junk foods are poor choices for anyone, they're even worse for runners. Poor nutrition leads to chronic injuries, frequent sickness, and subpar performance. While a post-race cheeseburger and beer seems like a good reward, these actually hinder your running goals.
Because all exercise increases inflammation in the body, which can cause soreness and swelling, eating processed foods, which increase inflammation, is like pouring gasoline on a fire. Eating foods that decrease inflammation will help you recover faster and feel less sore.
The best option is to have a beer on special occasions only, and never after a long run.
If you're hungry after a run, indulge in a healthy post-race snack. Some options include:
- Hemp hearts
- Bok choy
- Brown rice
All of these foods help your body recover and become stronger for your next run.