Your fitness routine should not end when you leave the gym. Taking care of yourself after your work out, is as important as the work out its self, so here are some things that you should do after your workout.
Rehydrate: Our bodies are 75% water and we need to keep it that way to stay healthy. After a long sweaty workout, you will definitely need to replenish your fluids. Skip the sugary drinks for plain water or something with electrolytes.
Refuel: Working out burns energy so a post work out snack is recommended. Opt for some fresh fruits and vegetables to keep your metabolism firing. Letting yourself go hungry after a workout may seem like a good idea- but you risk putting your body into storage mode. If your body doesn’t know when its next meal may be, it is more likely to store any food that you do eat later on.
Shower: This one may seem obvious especially if you’re living in a warm city like Los Angeles, but if you are juggling a heavy schedule, even a quick shower is a must on your to-do list after a workout. Not only will you feel refreshed, and smell better, you are also helping avoid getting sick or catching pesky ringworm- especially when the weather is hot.
Tend to your hurts: A hot shower helps sore muscles, but you may need a bit more. If you participate in a contact sport such as boxing, or if you are just naturally clumsy, you want to tend to any bruises or cuts that you may have acquired. Ice and Neosporin are great for tending minor hurts. Natural substances such as Arnica can help not only with sore muscles, but also with bruising.
Get Your Beauty Sleep: This is just generally important, but especially so if you are working out on a regular basis. Sleeping helps your body recharge and heal from the strain of your workout. A regular sleep schedule will also improve your mood and help you avoid getting off track with your fitness goals.
Staying fit is important, but so is taking care of yourself along the way. To make the most of your healthy lifestyle, make sure to work with an experienced personal trainer in Los Angeles or wherever you are.
Adam & Amanda
We have spent most of our adult lives training and guiding thousands of people toward better health & fitness. We have created this A4 Blog in order to better educate our friends & members. We will answer any of your health / fitness / nutrition questions as well as keeping you posted on what's new at A4.