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Beth McFadden3 years ago

Food & therapy to soothe your sore muscles

Fighting to use the squat rack, mastering that curl technique, struggling after leg day, constant muscle soreness and protein shakes - these are everyday occurrences in the the life of a gym addict. Do you fall into the category of an exercise fanatic, working hard to build that muscle tone? If you answered yes, you're no stranger to post-gym pain and exhaustion, something that's only made better by some food and TLC. If you're conscious about filling your body with only clean, natural and healthy food, then we've found the perfect cafes to grab a post-gym eat, as well as massage therapists in Mackay to help you relax in between sessions.

Nutrition Station

Delicious healthy breakfasts, Nutrition Station - Mackay
Delicious healthy breakfasts, Nutrition Station – Mackay

Nutrition Station Mackay is dedicated to serving up fresh, nutritious food and snacks all day long. Pop in here after your early morning session and try something off their all-day breakfast menu. Wholesome food includes favourites such as smashed avocado on toast, or hot oats, but if you’re after a twist on your early morning feed there are plenty of options to choose from. We recommend digging into the chilli eggs (to boost that metabolism), or the ricotta cakes – a healthy twist on your favourite fluffy pancakes, served with fresh berries and pecans.

If you’re after something to go, or need a pre-workout meal, grab yourself some of their homemade protein balls or an active lifestyle smoothie. The Muscle Maker is jam-packed with protein, milk, dextrose, MCT oil, creatine monohydrate and protein frozen yoghurt to help with muscle growth, so you can get the most out of your workout. Whatever you order from Nutrition Station is bound to be delicious, and will help you reach that goal of living a healthy lifestyle, in and out of the gym.
Where: 7/134 Victoria Street, Mackay QLD 4740

Spine & Sports Physiotherapy

Staff tend to The Cowboys, Spine & Sports Physiotherapy - Mackay
Staff tend to The Cowboys, Spine & Sports Physiotherapy – Mackay

Whether you’ve experienced some abnormal pain after a particularly tough gym session, or just want to treat your hardworking muscles to some TLC, we recommend you visit Spine and Sports Physiotherapy in Mackay. The team here is highly experienced in providing great care and recovery programs when it comes to any injury, though their forte is definitely treating sports-related issues (lucky for you!).

Call today and book in for a sports massage; not only will this help you recover from any muscle pain, but it can also be a preventative measure in making sure you don’t injure yourself when going hard on the bench press. In the same way, sports physiotherapy can help you to recover from a specific injury, or ensure your body is strong enough to avoid any future dramas while working out. Although hitting the gym can be great for your physical health, unless you look after your muscles and back in the process, you can really hurt yourself. Let the team at Spine and Sports Physiotherapy work with you to create an amazing program suited to your needs.
Where: 33 Evans Avenue, Mackay QLD 4740

Cool Mango Salad Bar

Step inside for fresh treats, Cool Mango Salad Bar - Mackay
Step inside for fresh treats, Cool Mango Salad Bar – Mackayf

If you’re after a healthy, gluten-free treat or filling, fresh lunch, we recommend you visit the Cool Mango Salad Bar in Mackay. This cafe has been operating for decades serving up delicious healthy snacks to the people of Mackay. If your gym sessions haven’t curbed your sweet cravings, then pop by the Cool Mango Salad Bar and pick out something delicious to eat (that won’t undo all of your hard work). Order yourself a fruit salad, or indulge in a gluten-free muffin or slice of banana bread if you just want a snack.

If you’re after a filling lunch, dive into one of their freshly made wraps or salads, or if you need a treat to warm you up, try their homemade pumpkin soup. Cool Mango Salad Bar prides itself on providing wholesome healthy food made from only the freshest of ingredients – this is the perfect cafe for a post-gym treat.
Where: 73 Victoria Street, Mackay QLD 4740

Do you prefer a bit of outdoor exercise? Check out these three amazing hiking trails near Mackay!

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