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Welcome to the Official Site of The Y in Central Maryland Turkey Trot Charity 5K! We are excited to have you join us for this Thanksgiving morning tradition.

Adults, children and families from across the region come together to not only run (or walk, jog, stroll), but to raise funds so that children living in poverty in Central Maryland have access to Y programs that will forever shape their lives.

Thank you for being part of something good on Thanksgiving Morning!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Refueling After a Work Out

Can you believe it is NOVEMBER! The Turkey Trot Charity 5K is quickly approaching!

I want to first update you all on my little experiment. There were a few ways this study was somewhat doomed to be irrelevant. Since my kiddies are still young, I prefer to trick or treat with them rather than sit at home to hand out candy, so the age group that would have more likely picked a tattoo over the candy had already passed my house by the time we got home. I actually thought more kids would choose the tattoos knowing that everywhere else they would get candy, but I was wrong. Another factor that affected the results was the fact we only handed out candy for about 30 min, because it was then bedtime- and it started raining. Needless to say, these results I don’t think show anything, but here they are anyway. 44% of my candy was chosen, and 36% of the tattoos were picked…oh and did I mention, that some kids took one of each.

This week we are going to get into some options for refueling after a race/run. There are many options when it comes to refueling out on the market between gels, bars and drinks, but these can get pricey and are not always necessary. The best place to turn to post race/run is your own pantry!

When determining what is needed to refuel, it depends on your activity level. If you are exercising at a modest intensity for 30-60 minutes 3-5 x per week, you can maintain adequate carbohydrates stores be eating a well balanced diet. If you train harder and longer, your muscles need to be refueled immediately after exercising and again at the next meal or snack. 

Studies show that the ideal way to fast recovery is consume food and beverages in a 4:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio within 30 min of exercise. You are more likely to store up to 3x more glycogen than if you would wait 2 or more hours. This is because digestive enzymes are at their most active state and your blood is pumping everywhere in your body.

A few years back, two studies were conducted at colleges. One study determined that consuming a whole grain cereal with low-fat milk improved protein synthesis for rebuilding damaged tissues, over consuming just a sports drink. The second study compared sports drinks to low-fat chocolate milk in rate of recovery. The chocolate milk drinkers had less creatine kinase, an indicator of muscle damage when compared to those who consumed the sports drink.

Food not only provides the body nutrients for success in competition, it also helps rebuild lean muscle and replenish glycogen stores in the body. You can get these nutrients via a sports recovery product or you can turn to your pantry and obtain just as effective results. Choose a slightly salty snack or meal that includes whole grains, fruit and dairy. You will supply your body with the needed calcium and phosphorus for bone health, antioxidants for tissue health, potassium to prevent muscle cramping, and sodium to replace electrolytes.

Here are a few recovery choices to keep handy in your pantry:
  • Cinnamon raisin bagel with low-fat cream cheese
  • Medium banana with glass of low-fat milk
  • Fresh fruit smoothie (made with calcium fortified drink)
  • Whole-grain bagel with peanut butter
  • Low-fat cheese with crackers and juice
  • Low-fat cottage cheese with fresh fruit, sprinkled with flax seed.
Are you the type of person that the thought of food after a hard work out is way too nauseating? Try to start with something bland- chicken noodle soup, pretzels, or clear beverage. You can train your stomach to tolerate refueling over time.

Between now and November Annie Deremeik, our Fit N Fun Nutritionist, will be guest posting for us! Annie is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist.

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