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We all know the story. You book a last-minute, lunchtime barre class—sandwiched in between meetings and phone calls—only to find yourself three hours later ravenously hungry and on a rampage to find food. It's called hanger, and it's the worst feeling ever. Not to mention it’s terrible for your body and your brain.
I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to put the right thing in your body post-workout. Not only does it keep you from flying off the handle at the office, but it's paramount for proper recovery, optimum brain function, and overall health. Here are my top reasons why you should always eat after each and every sweat session, no matter the activity level.
Whether it's a low-impact barre class or HIIT cardio circuit, you're breaking down muscles during a workout. This breakdown is actually micro tears in your muscles that need to be healed. Proper post-workout nutrition gives your body the building blocks to complete this healing and recovery. Specifically, your body needs protein to help with muscle recovery, electrolytes to help you rehydrate and metabolic fats for a quick source of energy. That's why we created Après—a clean ready-to-drink beverage featuring plant-based protein with MCT's and electrolytes. So now can give your body what it’s craving after class and on-the-go.
As important as post-workout nutrition is, the timing of consuming the nutrition is just as important. These micro tears are primed for nutrient absorption within 30 minutes of your workout, which is why you must feed them. Research shows that your body's ability to repair muscle decreases by 50 percent if you wait to eat just two hours post-workout compared to eating right away. Perhaps it's no surprise then that many experts say that your post-workout nutrition is even more important than the workout itself. At Après, we are particularly obsessed with taking advantage of this post-workout moment.
First off, you'll probably start to feel faint and exhausted. Part of this is linked to the degree of difficulty of your workout, but the other part is lack of proper nutrition. Short term, workouts deplete your glycogen stores, which leads to longer recovery times, less energy and negative effects on mood. Longer term, lack of proper post-workout nutrition means you aren't seeing the payoff for all your hard work! As we all know, this means less lean muscle and a slower metabolism.
Ideally, you're able to eat or drink 10-20 grams of protein post-workout—we prefer plants for their added vitamins and minerals—along with electrolytes and metabolic fats. To take full advantage of that golden 30-minute window, bring a snack with you to have on your way out of the studio—like an Après, of course!—or get your booty to the closest healthy cafe or kitchen.
In need of more real-girl health advice? Follow Darby on Instagram for all things nutrition, fitness, and wellness!
Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID.
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.
Here’s what you had to say...
53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.
While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.
58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.
69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.
But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”
Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).
Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...
It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them.