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The aftermath of a workout is just as important as the actual workout and will go towards your overall results like weight loss of muscle gain as well as reducing muscle soreness. Having a post-workout routine can also aid you in keeping up your energy levels as you recover, making it much easier to keep to your fitness plan.
Have a look at some of the things you should do below:
Rehydration is one of the most important things you can do, especially if you’ve exercised intensely and become sweaty. Refilling your fluid level can help you to improve your muscle flexibility, prevent muscle soreness, build strength. You should make sure you replenish your fluids by drinking water and perhaps taking in electrolytes. Avoid alcoholic drinks, sugary drinks, or caffeinated drinks as these can cause dehydration.
Eat A Healthy Snack
I personally don’t refuel because I don’t need to, but if you’re feeling peckish and you’re not too worried about calories, you could eat foods that contain protein. Protein will help your muscles to recover and give you needed amino acids to help to repair and rebuild your muscles.
Listen To Your Body
You know your body better than anyone else, and when you are exercising it is important to make sure you are listening to it. If you feel as though you are under strain, are pushing yourself to an injury, or need a little longer to recuperate before you workout again then allow yourself the time that you need. At times you may need to seek medical help from people maybe someone like Ray Nannis ? Or a Personal trainer like myself. The most important thing for you to do is listen and act.
Keep Exercise Light On Rest Days
Your muscles do need to recover after completing an intense workout, however, you can still do some light exercise on rest days, in fact, it’s good for you if you aren’t injured. Walking, swimming or yoga are just a few that are perfect. When you engage in active recovery you may find that it helps to remove toxins, prevent lactic acid build-up, and boosts your circulation. If you vary your workouts you will be able to target various muscle groups and use them in different ways.
Remember To Cool Down
You should always complete your workout with a cooldown, this allows your heart time to gradually return back to it’t normal rate. Completing a proper cool down can help to relieve stress, prevent injury, and prevent muscle soreness. Think about completing your workouts with 5 minutes of cool down to help promote overall wellbeing.
Following these tips should help you to recover well after a workout and keep you motivated to add exercise to your regular routine. Do you have any other tips that could help? Please share them in the comments below!