You’ve worked really hard today on your workout, and the last thing you want to do is undo all that hard work. If you want your workout to continue benefiting you well after you’ve left the gym and optimize your results, here are the biggest do’s and dont’s after a workout to help you achieve that goal.
DO: Drink Water
It’s no secret water is the best resources for hydration. We recommend 20 oz for optimal recovery. You may want to choose water for the remainder of the day as well, sugary sodas or coffee may be tempting but the effects they have on your body can linger and add unhealthy calories.
DON’T: Eat Empty Carbs
We know, you’re probably STARVING right now but that bagel isn’t going to give you the sustenance you need. When you exercise, your heart beats faster, you breathe harder, and your muscles use more glucose. Choose protein instead, maybe peanut butter and banana to give you the boost your body needs.
DO: Get Enough Rest
Exercise takes a lot of energy and coupled with muscle strain, it’s easy to feel worn out. Give your body the rest it needs to completely relax and recharge. Aim for 6 – 8 hours a night.
DON’T: Overdo It
When you are motivated to reach a goal it’s tempting to give it your all, but if you’re already at the limit you’re headed into a dangerous zone that can raise your risk of injury. Slow down, take your time, and relax. A workout isn’t a race; it’s a daily routine to help keep you healthy and your mind and body strong.
DO: Replenish Lost Electrolytes
It’s no secret sweating depletes potassium and sodium; both are a part of electrolytes. These minerals keep your body hydrated so your muscles and nerves can function at their best. Instead of reaching for a sugary Gatorade, choose coconut water instead.
Before you get started with your workout, talk to one of our trainers about the do’s and dont’s after a workout and make that workout count with our tips!