I find cycling all day very fun and it’s definitely a great stress reliever. When I am on my bike my mind is clear from any obstacles in my life. I only concentrate on what’s in front of me and around me because I don’t want to get crushed by a car, or run over a pedestrian and get myself hurt as well. With the proper precautions, cycling is a great cardio exercise that also helps tone up your legs, core, and upper body. My days are never the same. A typical workday for me is 8 hours of delivering packages, gifts, and food so I need to ensure that I consume products that will help speed up my recovery. In this article, I will discuss cycling recovery, as well as the benefits of protein supplements, and the health effects of drinking tea.
Bike riding is such a fun exercise, ever since I started riding I became addicted. Cycling can be very challenging especially if you start work as a courier because that requires hours of cycling, at least if you want to make a decent buck. It all varies depending on what you do. For example, when I first started working as a Postmates courier I would only work 3 days a week because my legs would get so sore; my entire body actually. After a while, my legs got stronger and my body got used to it and I would work a full week. Then I started with package deliveries, now that line of work is an entirely different animal. When delivering packages you have to meet certain deadlines, and that can be anywhere between 45 minutes, to 3 hours all depending on the type of delivery so you have to be on your toes at all times, be very alert, and travel longer distances compared to delivering food which is usually food ordered at nearby restaurants. After work, I usually have a cup of tea which does wonders for my body and helps with recovery. Hot showers or hot salt baths are something I do at least once a week, and every morning I like to stretch out and warm up my joints to prevent injuries and reduce stiffness.
Benefits Of Protein Supplements
Like with any other exercise routine, you have to make sure to take in the right nutrients and supplements to help your body recover and build muscle. Protein shakes can be taken as a meal replacement, you can add fruits which are healthy carbs with natural sugars to provide you with the energy you need for long rides. They are also very filling so it helps prevent overeating. I keep it simple and protein shakes are all I need to fuel my body and help rebuild damaged muscle tissue. MusclePharm Combat Protein Powder, is one of the best tasting protein powders I’ve ever tried, and it’s packed with vitamins and 150 calories per serving (another 130 calories or so with milk), 25 grams of protein, 5 grams of carbs unless you add fruit but carbs are needed before any exercise. It also only has 2 grams of sugar which are great. The texture is very creamy and thick which is how I love my protein shake. I absolutely love this product and I know many of you will too after trying it. I always look for great taste in a product that offers the best results. I’ve been consuming protein since 2002 which is around the time when I got into weight lifting and came across some bad-tasting products some with too much sugar and high calories. MusclePharm is by far the best product for me, and would highly recommend it for athletes who are searching for a quality protein product. To read about another great supplement brand I recommend, check out this post.
Health Effects Of Drinking Tea
Staying properly hydrated is extremely important, especially during long rides. Drinking water may not sound very appealing early morning during cold winters so I typically drink a warm glass of water with lemon, this makes it easier on my stomach, but also hot tea for all the great health benefits such as boosting immunity, since the body lacks’ vitamin D during winter because of less sun exposure. Caffeinated tea may cause a mild diuretic effect, but it’s not enough to cause dehydration unlike stronger caffeinated beverages such as coffee, which contains 95-200 milligrams compared to green teas 24-45 milligrams, so drinking tea is actually a great way to stay hydrated and boost energy levels. Green tea is one of my favorite beverages for its anti-inflammatory effects as well as its ability to help with muscle recovery after long hard rides. Since I do bike messenger work I am exposed to all kinds of germs being outdoors, especially during flu season which is why I consume tea before and after cycling or any form of exercise for that matter to boost my immune system and since green tea kills bacteria, it can also kill germs that cause bad breath, it also helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. I recently purchased Harney and Son’s Organic Green Tea and this stuff is great! Definitely give it a try and become an energetic, fat-burning, germ-fighting machine!
Garlic And Fish Oil Pills
I guess I can’t get enough immunity-boosting supplements. Garlic is another great vegetable with immune-boosting properties. If you are an athlete, an avid cyclist, messenger, whatever physical activity you do, you want to make sure that you consume nutrients, vitamins, supplements that combat fatigue, strengthen your immune system and filter out pollution and toxins that can come from the foods we eat, and the air we breathe. Garlic can help prevent the common cold so that’s my reason for taking garlic pills daily. Some studies do show that it helps increase athletic performance but there isn’t enough research to prove it, it can help you perform at your best by keeping your immune system strong which will help combat diseases, so I guess in that sense it’s safe to say yes. Garlic pills help support healthy brain function and can lower cholesterol levels as well as high blood pressure. Garlic pills by GNC are a good product without the bad taste and smell taken with multivitamins, and a quality protein mix will help you stay on top of your health. You will definitely notice the difference, you will have more energy and even have a younger-looking appearance.
Perform At Your Best. Recover. Do It All Over Again!
I hope you really enjoyed this article on cycling recovery and got great value from it! The benefits of protein supplements are many, and taken daily every morning before rides and as a post-workout shake which can also turn into a meal rich in vitamins and carbohydrates when mixed with fruits. You will feel full and energized and this will help your muscles recover. The health effects of drinking tea also include muscle recovery, a stronger immune system, and mental focus. Any hard physical activity will take a toll on your body so it’s important to always make sure to feed yourself the right nutrients. Thanks again for stopping by, please leave your comments and questions down below and I will answer your questions as quickly as I can! ✌?