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Nutrition for a Speedy Recovery

by dietitian Clare Wood

The body is most receptive to fluid, carbohydrate and other recovery nutrients straight after activity. However, recovery may be a challenge, having to juggle eating and drinking with other commitments after an event such as the coaches talk and warm down activities.

The focus of recovery is to get you well prepared for your next training session or competitive event. The aims are to:

The best fuel to use is carbohydrate foods, as these foods will replace the glycogen stores depleted during the activity. Recovery will be most effective during the first few hours after the exercise. This is even more important when you have another event in less than eight hours.

Strategies for speedy recovery

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