Things you need to avoid doing post workout
Going to the gym and exercising is awesome. However, it is only one component of living a healthy lifestyle. Actually, if you do not choose to make the right decisions after your workout as well, you could be sabotaging all your efforts without even realizing it.
Before you start giving yourself too much credit for going to a class, doing weights or cardio for an hour, you need to establish a healthy post-workout routine. How can you do that? By avoiding the following mistakes.
Post workout mistakes to avoid:
Forgetting to hydrate
Chronic dehydration is real! If you don’t believe me, just click here to know more about its signs and symptoms. With that said, you need to remember to hydrate and drink water constantly, especially after your workout. But how much water should you drink? This equation that will simplify it for you:
Needed water = 30-25 ml of body weight (per day) + 500-1000 ml (per hour of exercise)
Moreover, try to drink water before and during your exercise as well. If you hate the “taste” of water like me, visit this site for some interesting ways to make drinking water fun.
I’m sorry to tell you this but the only people who can get away with eating ‘almost anything they want‘ are professional athletes. This is because they exercise for many hours on a daily basis and their metabolism is higher than average. However, when it comes to people like you and me, paying attention to what we eat is critical in helping us reach our goals.
After your workout, you need to eat simple and easy to digest proteins and carbs with a dash of healthy fat. This will help your muscles repair and replenish lost nutrients. Burgers and fries are not the way to go even after a strenuous exercise!
Ignoring the stretch
Exercising is not just about hitting the gym, getting sweaty and leaving. You must, and I repeat: YOU MUST, incorporate warm up and cool down routines as well. This will help your muscles better respond to your workout and also recover better and faster. Failing to take enough time to stretch can increase muscle soreness and repair time.
Thinking exercise is enough
Many people believe that exercising for one hour a day is all they need to stay fit and healthy. Unfortunately, this is not the case. You need to include movement in your daily live and throughout your day. Even if your job requires you to sit at a desk all day, make it a point to move around every now and then. Go grab a glass of water, talk to your colleague instead of sending him an email, take the stairs! It is actually easier than you think it is once you put your mind to it.
Forgetting to track/record your exercise
When I first started going to the gym, I used to hate it. Really, hate it. It took me some time after buying my fitness tracker to get more motivated and even thrilled about hitting the gym and seeing my progress right there in front of me. I have actually convinced a few people to get their own fitness tracker too and I’m loving their new founded enthusiasm! Take your time and choose the tracker that works best for you. Then use your tracker motivate yourself, and others, to do more.
What does your post workout routine entail? What tips can you share with our readers to help them stay true to their fitness goals? Looking forward to hearing from you in the comment section below.