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5 Things To Do Post Workout

5 Things To Do Post Workout

HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE

Water is LIFE. No, but really..water is everything! Your body is made up of 60% of it. If you don’t drink enough water before a workout, then sweat a ton while you train, you’re on the road to dehydration. Not only is it essential after a workout but it also helps to promote weight loss, improves skin complexion, increases energy levels, and improves mood. What more do you need?!

COOL IT DOWN

Yes, you may be short on time ladies, but prioritizing the cooldown will make sure you reap all the benefits of your hard work. A good workout get your blood flowing, so stopping quickly can actually cause your blood pressure to drop rapidly which can cause you to feel light-headed. No beuno. So take the extra five minutes and cool it down.

ROLL IT OUT

Hello my best friend the foam roller.. foam rolling can help you recover from workouts and might also increase your mobility and flexibility. Experts also recommend it as a way to minimize post-workout soreness, which it does by increasing blood flow to the tissues you used while exercising. Foam rolling regularly (and properly) is a great way to speed up recovery. Using a foam roller for can help with Myofascial Release.. So take some time to roll, stretch, and recover.

REFUEL WITH NUTRITION

Eating the right foods after exercise can help you recover, build muscle, and prepare for your next regimen. It is particularly important to eat carbs and protein after your workout. Eating the right combo of carbs, protein, vitamins, and minerals can help repair muscle proteins. Also, don’t shy away from fats…but only the HEALTHY kind! Think avocados or nut butters.

LOG IT

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, 1 in 10 U.S. adults owns a fitness tracker while 1 in 50 own a smart watch—and for good reason. The simple act of reflecting on your workout by keeping track of your progress (either via technology or pen to paper) is a powerful motivator for success.

By making sure your body’s been warmed up, worked out, and cooled down properly, you can maximize the results you’re working towards!

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