Making fitness progress doesn’t just stop once the exercise is over. What you do post-workout, can have huge effects on the success of the exercise, from muscle gain, weight loss, and reducing soreness. Here are some top tips to maximise the benefits of your exercise by doing a post-workout routine.
1. Cool down
While it might be tempting to just stop once the timer buzzes, we recommend always finishing your workout with some cooldown exercises. Slowly returning your heart rate to normal is better done gradually, it can also help with any dizziness you may experience. Finishing your workout with some light stretching while your muscles are still warm is important for preventing muscle soreness and improving flexibility.
Rehydration is key. Sweating and exertion means you lose a lot water when you exercise, so restoring your fluid levels as soon as possible is essential. Whether you choose plain water or an electrolyte drink such as coconut water or low sugar energy drink, rehydrating should improve flexibility and prevent soreness. We suggest avoiding caffeine or high sugar drinks as these can actually cause dehydration.
3. Eat a snack
Burning off all those calories is sure to make you hungry. Within 45 minutes of finishing your workout, it’s suggested that you eat a healthy snack. Eating foods that contain carbs and protein such as eggs on toast, are ideal to restore energy and start the recovery process of your muscles. Again, it’s important to choose the right foods for maximum benefit.
It might seem obvious to shower after working up a sweat, but a great tip is to have your post-workout shower as cold as you can go. Some people will even brave an ice bath! Cool water prevents inflammation and encourages healing which will relieve any muscle soreness caused by strenuous exercise.
Post-workout routines often get overlooked, but in order to gain the most benefits from your exercise, you should utilize our tips and see if you notice a difference in your results.