Karate is fairly unique in that we need good cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility for our training sessions. As a result of the demands we place on our body, especially high kicking, we often experience muscle soreness.
Some karateka like to take synthetic protein shakes after a hard workout. Personally, I prefer natural foods post-workout as I believe our body absorbs natural nutrients better.
But did you know that certain foods can ease our sore muscles? Here are my top 5 foods to help you to recover after a hard karate session:
Fish. High in Omega-3 fats and protein. Proteins being the building blocks of muscles and Omega-3 fats are effective as an anti-inflammatory.
Water. Essential for helping blood repair muscle cells and moderating our temperature.
Blueberries and dark fruits. These contain nutrients that quickly get rid of the waste elements caused by training.
Eggs. Nature’s kitchen and high in protein. Eggs contain many amino acids essential for muscle tissue repair.
Fruit. Pineapple and kiwi fruits are known to help fight pain and inflammation.
Sensei Stephen O’Brien