Your recovery from workouts is just as important as the workout themselves. Are you the type to finish the gym, then go chill on the sofa the rest of the day? Or go off to work but not put in the necessary protocols that will help you to recover quicker and keep progressing faster. Here’s 4 great post-workout tips that will keep you on top of your gym game.
Stretching tired and sore muscles after a workout is essential as it enhances flexibility and reduces muscle tension after a workout. Stretching will also help to eliminate lactic acid from your muscles, helping you relax more. Don’t skimp on post-workout stretching when you’ve got major tightness from workouts.
At the bottom of the discovery tab in-app there’s some great static stretching workouts and mobility work.
Just like with stretching, foam rolling can help loosen off tight muscles, as well as help to smooth out knots that you may have accumulated from your workout. It can also help with soreness, inflammation and increase range of motion in your joints.
Your body needs protein & carbohydrates to replenish glycogen levels in your muscles and repair & rebuild muscle that has been broken down from strength training. If possible, look to get a good quality meal in within 30-60 minutes of your workout that includes both protein and carbs. This is also where a good protein shake can come in handy to drink immediately after the gym!
So many people are guilty of this and don’t consume enough water through the day never mind post-workout. During harder workouts you’ll also sweat and lose electrolytes as well as dehydrating. Electrolyte drinks can help with this but don’t forget to replenish your water levels too throughout the day AND after workouts. If you’re not hydrated, your body can’t perform at its highest level.
Bonus Tip: Sleep?
Sleep is extremely important when it comes to recovering fully. If you’re rubbish at getting good quality sleep…this blog will help!