Give yourself a post-workout boost with Zespri Green kiwifruit
When it comes to exercise, there is one thing we can all agree on: it feels great once it’s over! But in fact, what we do after our workout is just as important as what we do during it. That’s because our bodies (especially as they get older!), need help recovering the nutrients lost during exercise.
What happens when you exercise?
- Your body loses nutrients, such as vitamin C and potassium1.
- Eating a kiwifruit helps replenish your vitamin C and potassium1.
So what can you do to make sure your body is properly replenished? But you also need to top up other key nutrients such as vitamin C, which can be obtained through a healthy diet.
What should I do after a great workout?
First off – congratulate yourself on a job well done! As you will have heard many times before, regular exercise is one of the best ways to stay happy and healthy as the years tick by. For seniors, the benefits are particularly important: exercise improves your ability to do everyday activities, and can reduce the risk of developing certain diseases2.
What to eat after workout?
Time to think about nutrition! A great workout deserves a great post-workout snack, and in our opinion there are few things better than a Zespri Green kiwifruit. Not only are they exceptionally high in vitamin C (containing even more per 100 g than oranges), but they contain almost as much potassium as a banana3,4.
Potassium is an important mineral that can be lost through sweating. Not only does it help balance the fluids in your body, but it is also necessary for muscle contraction
What’s more, given their size and ready-to-eat format, Zespri Green kiwifruit are one of the most convenient snacks available: just scoop and eat. Healthy, quick and tasty – why not pop one in your gym bag before you head out the door?
“Now I’m getting hungry!” That’s lucky, because we’ve got a delicious post-workout recipe for you to try the next time you’ve worked up a sweat. The Zespri Smoothie Bowl (insert internal link)is a light, delicious treat packed full of green kiwifruit that will help replenish your vitamin C and potassium levels in no time.
- Peake JM. Ascorbic acid or vitamin C is involved in a number of biochemical pathways that are important to exercise metabolism and the health of exercising individuals. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2003;13:125-51.
- National Institute on Aging. Exercise & physical activity: your everyday guide from the National Institute on Aging. Available from: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/exercise-physical-activity/introduction
- USDA national nutrient database for standard reference (release 28) 2015. Available from: https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/ (accessed 9 January 2017)
- New Zealand Ministry of Health. New Zealand FOODfiles 2014 Version 01. Available from: www.foodcomposition.co.nz/ (accessed 10 January 2017)
- World Health Organization. Potassium intake for adults and children. Available at: http://www.who.int/nutrition/publications/guidelines/potassium_intake_printversion.pdf (accessed 9 January 2017)
- Merck Manual. Overview of potassium. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/hormonal-and-metabolic-disorders/electrolyte-balance/overview-of-potassium (accessed 9 January 2017)