Eat well after you exercise. Not only will this make you feel good, it'll help prepare your body for your next run.
Try to maintain a healthy balanced diet, including the three main food groups: carbohydrates, protein and fats.
- Carbohydrates are the main energy source for your muscles and brain during exercise, so need to be replaced post-workout. Sweet potatoes, brown rice and lentils are all good sources of carbohydrates.
- Protein helps to repair, grow and develop muscles. Try to eat low fat protein foods such as chicken, salmon or kidney beans.
- Not all fats are bad, but make sure your diet is low in saturated fats. Saturated fats can cause high cholesterol which increases your change of having a stroke. Try to replace food high in saturated fats with oily fish, nuts or avocados.
Small changes to your diet can make a big difference to your overall, longer term health and help you to reduce your risk of stroke.
These tips are meant as a general guide to help you to get started and keep that resolution. If you feel any pain when doing exercise, stop and seek medical advice.