Sport is healthy and keeps us fit - that's not up for debate. However, it is important that we provide our body with the necessary resources to be able to recover and regenerate after exercise. Intense physical activity causes our body to use up important nutrients and energy. If we do not allow our body to recover properly and do not regenerate it after intensive activity, this can even have a negative impact on our endurance and athletic performance in the long term. Proper regeneration after sport is therefore essential for our health and the long-term increase in our sporting performance.
In this article we would like to take a closer look at the effects sport has on our body, how sport and the immune system are connected and how we can regenerate ourselves in the best possible way after sport.
What effects does sport have on our bodies?
Sport and physical activity are essential parts of a healthy lifestyle. The numerous positive effects that exercise has on our bodies have long been known and have been confirmed by science. Consequently, we would like to take a closer look at some of the main positive effects of exercise on our bodies.
Sport is an excellent way to strengthen our cardiovascular system in the long term. Regular exercise can help strengthen the heart muscle, lower blood pressure and reduce blood cholesterol levels. Additionally, regular exercise can increase lung capacity, meaning more oxygen can be absorbed by the body. Doing sport is therefore recommended for people of all ages – young and old.
Sport also, not surprisingly, improves our physical fitness. Regular exercise can help increase our body's endurance, strength and flexibility. By building muscle mass, metabolic processes are also optimized, which in turn can have a positive effect on our body weight.
Regular physical activity can also help improve our posture. In particular, exercises that target the back, abdominal muscles and spine can promote an upright and stable posture. That's why people who exercise regularly and correctly generally have fewer problems with back problems as they get older.
Exercising regularly can also reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as: B. Reduce diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. This is partly because physical activity helps control body weight and blood sugar levels, and partly because of the connection between the immune system and physical activity.
Sport and the immune system
Regular sport and physical activity can have a positive effect on the immune system and thus strengthen our body's defenses. Physical activity can therefore help reduce inflammation in the body.
This is because physical activity leads to an improvement in lymphatic circulation. Lymph fluid transports immune cells throughout our body and helps remove harmful substances. Regular physical activity can therefore help to facilitate the movement of these immune cells in the body.
These immune cells, natural killer cells and T cells, improve our body's ability to fight disease. Overall, physical activity can help strengthen the immune system and improve our body's defenses.
And why is regeneration after exercise so important?
Why does the body have to regenerate after exercise?
After physical activity, the body needs a period of regeneration to recover and prepare for the next sporting challenge. During training, muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments are stressed and microscopic injuries occur. These injuries are normal and necessary for the body to adapt to the stress and become stronger. But regeneration after sport is just as important in order to repair these injuries and regenerate the body - i.e. to give it new strength.
During the recovery period, energy and nutrient reserves in the body that were used up during physical activity are also replenished. If the body does not receive sufficient time and resources for regeneration, the muscles and joints can become overloaded or the body has to rely on nutrient reserves, which the body then lacks for important other processes.
Adequate regeneration after exercise can also help the body train more effectively and efficiently in subsequent training sessions. However, if the body doesn't get the rest it needs, performance can actually decline, which can lead to less progress in training.
And how can I regenerate my body?
Means for recovery after sports
The regeneration of our body can be supported by various measures. Physical measures such as B.: Stretching & massages and cold baths can help our body recover and give it enough time to repair the microscopic wounds.
Equally important is adequate fluid intake and rest breaks. Water is crucial for humans so that the numerous processes in the body can take place.
One of the most important aspects for regeneration after exercise is the supply of new nutrients in the form of proteins, fats, vitamins and carbohydrates.
How can I regenerate my body after exercise through nutrition?
Nutrition plays an important role in the body's regeneration after exercise. A balanced and healthy diet can help provide the nutrients needed that the body has used up or metabolized in large quantities during exercise.
Below are some nutrients that you should provide your body with after exercise:
- Proteins: Proteins are important building blocks for the body, especially for the muscles. After exercise, the body needs proteins to repair injuries in the muscle fibers and to support muscle building. Protein-rich foods such as chicken, fish, eggs, beans and nuts can help provide the body with enough protein. Our protein drink is also a wonderful way to replenish your reserves after exercise.
- Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates are the body's most important source of energy and are used intensively during exercise. After exercise, the body needs new carbohydrates to replenish its energy stores. Complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, oatmeal and quinoa are ideal long-term sources of carbohydrates because they are digested more slowly and therefore provide longer satiety and energy supply.
- Antioxidants: During exercise, the body produces free radicals that can cause oxidative damage to cells. Antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene can help reduce this damage and protect the body. Foods like berries, citrus fruits, nuts and vegetables are rich in antioxidants. Our colostrum is also ideal for providing our body with new defenses.
- Hydration: Adequate fluid intake is crucial for the body's regeneration after exercise. During exercise, the body loses fluids through sweat and breathing, which must be replenished. Water and isotonic drinks, like our energy drink , are good options to keep the body hydrated.
- Magnesium: Magnesium is an important mineral that is required for muscle and nerve function as well as for energy metabolism. Magnesium-rich foods such as spinach, nuts, whole grains and bananas can help provide the nutrients needed for recovery.
- Fats: During exercise, energy is used from the carbohydrate reserves in the body. After training, these reserves need to be replenished to prepare the body for the next training session. Fats are an important source of energy for the body and can help replenish carbohydrate stores more quickly.
Overall, a balanced and healthy diet helps to regenerate the body after exercise and increase performance in the long and short term.
Our Swiss Sports® Regeneration Shake , with Swiss cocoa and protein crisps, is also ideal for regeneration after sport. The shake has an optimal ratio of high-quality proteins, carbohydrates and fats that our body needs after exercise.
This special protein shake is easy to digest and contains no artificial additives or preservatives. The taste of the natural ingredients, such as Swiss chocolate, leaves nothing to be desired.