After a vigorous workout it is of the utmost important that you refuel your body with the necessary vitamins and nutrients in order to maintain gains and reduce damage to the muscles. This necessity is the reason many turn to post-workout supplements specifically designed to address this need. One of the most important things one can do following a workout is replenishing glycogen stores in the muscle for repair and maintenance.
This is achieved by consuming a sufficient amount of easily digested and absorbable carbohydrates. Glycogen stores must be replenished relatively quickly after a hard workout. This small window of time is only a couple of hours and it is known as the metabolic window. The name says it all; this is a window of time in which one must consume essential nutrients to build muscle.
A large serving of carbohydrates in an easily dissolved supplemental form will increase the rate at which it is transported to the muscle and additional ingredients such as sodium aid in the transport of certain CHOs into body.
A study which was published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology found high CHO intake also increased the maximal voluntary torque, voluntary activation and contraction responses of skeletal muscles in sprinters. It should be noted that CHOs are especially important to individuals who take part in high intensity, high endurance training and athletic events because during this type of exertion the body quickly burns through its carbohydrate stores.
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