Imagine you have just completed you grueling work out session! You are dripping with sweat and are feeling satisfied and then you pack and leave. Your session does not end at the last set.
There are certain procedures that you should know about if you really want to make your workout more productive. A lot of people don’t give this much attention, but the post workout time is very critical.
It helps in rejuvenating your body and in coping with the day to day activities! So here is a list of some post workout tips to carry out after your workout!
Cool It Down!
Do not rush for the exit just after you have completed your work out. You need to realize that your body is a hyper state and needs to cool down before it can face the outside world!
It just takes about 10-15 minutes but you need to do some simple cool down exercise to get you heart rate under control, and this does not mean guzzling a lot of water just after the workout.
Go for a light jog, ride a stationary bicycle, or jump in a pool to cool off.
Try to relax your body to bring it back to a normal state.
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Using a self massage tool might be a little painful to do just after your workout but, this is just as important. You need to stretch your muscles so that you can rebuild your flexibility and mobility. You will face some initial resistance but if you can complete your workout session you can definitely do this.
The best way to go about it is to use a good quality foam roller to flex your calf muscles and your abdomen muscles. Foam rolling will help in better blood circulation and will tremendously benefit you!
You can even try some basic yoga postures to allow your body to relax!
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Rehydrate and Refuel
Once you have spent some time cooling down you need to regain the lost nutrients from your body. For all the precious sweat that dripped away, go drink some mineral water or a high quality juice such as aloe vera juice.
Drink in slow sips, but drink a lot of water.
Don’t overdo it but it should be enough to make you feel fresh. Your body will definitely appreciate you for this gesture. Now a lot of people think that you can eat whatever you want after a workout, but sadly that is not the case.
You need to take a high protein diet after the workout. Try to keep the carbs low in your diet and eat lots of fruits and nuts. Utilizing vegan protein sources such as spirulina is one of the best decisions you can make!
Wash Away the Bacteria!
A good sweating workout session can leave you really smelly and with a need to change and shower.
Accept the fact that you need to take a bath to remove all the metabolic waste that has just left your body. At the same time respect the plight of other people’s noses that are around you the whole day!
And no, a lot of cologne is not the solution to this!
For your hygiene it is a must to have a shower after your workout session. Wash away all the grime on your body. Probably even get a shave to give a smart look to yourself. Change into some warm clothes and you are ready for the day!
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Record and Keep Track of Your Progress
Well now there isn’t much left to do as you have completed a perfect workout session. And at the same time, you have done all the post workout tasks. So, you are free to get back to your hustling work schedule!
You should be feeling really satisfied and motivated for the day to come.
But if you want to really keep yourself going and motivated, I would advise you to record your workout session in a workout log book. Keep a track of what you have done, the calories burnt and time spent.
I promise you, whenever you look at this compilation you will feel elated and a smile will instantly come on your face!
These tips cover some basic but really crucial post workout recovery tips to keep you from damaging your body while exercising. It is best if you do some research or quiz your trainer on which cool down exercise to pick up that will suit your work out session.
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