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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.
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February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!