Exercise is great for getting that happy hit to lift your mood. Culinary queen AJ Sharp investigates the best foods to eat post-workout…

Some of my favourite patch moments involve all the other halves getting together to run a race, ‘try a tri’ or climb a mountain. Luckily, you don’t have to run marathons to reap the benefits as research shows that elevating your heart rate for just 10 minutes will start the feelgood factor off, 20 minutes is even better for you and 30 minutes of gentle exercise like walking, jogging or dancing is the real sweet spot for lifting your mood.

Get ready to rumble!

Let’s be honest, flavour is just as crucial as all the good nutrition it gives your body. Pre-fuel is just as important as recovery. To give your body a quality natural protein start, try handmade Rollagranola, which comes as a low-carb, keto-friendly range of fruit granolas. Made with up to 44 per cent nuts, it is a great source of fibre, protein and healthy fats. Order yours at rollagranola.com or Ocado at £4.99.

Gee, that’s swell!

If you’re lifting weights then you’re no stranger to inflammation. From muscles to joints, it’s important to keep this to a minimum. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, and the best tasting version I tried was MOJU. Available in large bottles in Sainsbury’s or £43.90 for a pack of 24, MOJU’s Turmeric Shots are loaded with 16.3g of fresh turmeric root, combined with black pepper and cayenne pepper to maximise absorption, and apple and lemon juice for flavour.

Need a pick me up?

Dare Motivation is a vegan powder-based drink that helps to boost energy levels and has been popular among key workers in the pandemic. It was created by a doctor to help improve mental performance and combat fatigue. All of this from a blend of seeds, herbs, phytonutrients, pre- and probiotics and all 26 essential vitamins and minerals. I tried the cocoa-vanilla frosting option and it tastes pretty good, sweet with a rich chocolatey flavour that lasts on the palate at £30 for 15 servings.

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