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Post-Workout Activities: What You Should Be Doing

Post-Workout Activities: What You Should Be Doing

So, you are going to the gym regularly. That’s great! But are you taking of yourself once you step outside of the gym?

The post-workout activities can be just as crucial as the workout itself. Like many gym rats and beginners, once they walk out of the gym doors, they are done. Yet, there are extremely important steps you must take to get the optimal results, regardless if you are trying to lose weight or gain muscle. Here’s what you need to know.

Hydrate
When you workout, you sweat. So you are losing fluids during this time. It is important to not only hydrate before and during the workout, but after as well. Many experts recommend drinking juice or almond milk along with water after the workout to replenish your exhausted muscles. We love Advocare’s Rehydrate Electrolyte Replacement drink for rehydration after a good workout.

Eat
Yes, we said eat. Although many view this step as counterproductive, you actually need food right after the workout. Contrary to popular belief, eating directly after a workout does not replace the fat, but rather helps to heal the muscles that you just exercised. Your body needs the fuel to heal itself. We recommend eating something with complex carbs and protein around 150 calories right after a workout (within 15 to 45 minutes). If you can’t handle solid food right after working out, try a shake or almond milk. We recommend Advocare Post-Workout Recovery shake.

Stretch
We see so many people get on and off the treadmill without stretching one muscle. This, my friends, is a travesty. Stretching is a vital part of your before and after workout regimen. Just do it.

Hot/Cold
Many athletes swear by cold baths to help aching muscles. Others say that varying hot and cold temperatures helps them. To do this, simply change the temperature while in the shower from hot to cold. You can figure out what works best for your body.

Reflection
To progress successfully, you must reflect on what you are doing and if it is working or not. Keep a journal of your diet and exercise regimen to really benefit from your gym time. Reflecting can help you discover what routines work best for you and which routines do not work at all.

Massage
As if we need to give you an excuse to get a massage, but here is one anyways. Having a professional massage your tired and achy muscles can go a long way in helping you heal properly. So call for a massage soon. You won’t regret it.

We hope these post workout tips help you find the perfect balance for your workout regimen.If you have any questions, contact Cory at 662-282-4949.

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