7 Post-Workout Mistakes You’re Probably Making

Mistake No. 1: You Skip the Cool Down. 

Taking the time to let your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal levels cuts your risk of injury, according to experts. Lee Boyce, owner of Boyce Training Systems in Toronto, suggests finishing up your workout with some light aerobics—like walking on a treadmill—to let your vitals return to their resting levels.

This is defiantly a mistake I make; I made a goal for myself to never forget the cool down! 

Mistake No. 2: You Don’t Stretch It Out
Performing some stretches post-workout can help reduce soreness the next day, says Jordan Metzl, M.D. And less soreness isn’t just more pleasant for you—it also means you’re likely to hit the gym again sooner. Win-win!
Stretching out afterwards is my favorite part! Especially when I’m exhausted, I like to do yoga to help my body and mind relax. 
Mistake No. 3: You Don’t Eat A Snack Afterwards
Food fuels you up before you start sweating, and it also helps your muscles repair themselves after your workout. Ideally, you’ll want to take in a combination of carbs and protein (like Greek yogurt with blueberries or a handful of nuts), suggests fitness expert Ben Greenfield.
Snacks, snacks, snacks! Check out my Snacks Page for some ideas of awesome snacks after your sweaty workout! I love peanut butter toast with banana, sprinkled with chia seeds!! Yum Yum! 
Mistake No. 4: You Don’t Change Out of Your Clothes
As comfy as that pair of Lululemon leggings feels, you need to put on some clean clothes ASAP. Sweaty workout gear retains moisture, and wearing it after you’re done at the gym could lead to yeast infections, say experts. So hurry up and slip into some fresh garments when you get home.  

This is probably the worst mistake I make; I hangout in my running shorts for hours after my run. Mostly because I usually feel like running more than once. 

Mistake No. 5: You Don’t Shower Right Away

Yeah, skipping your post-workout shower will probably make you the least popular person in the room. But there’s another reason to rinse off after you exercise: Letting perspiration sit on your skin encourages bacterial growth, which may cause rashes, say experts. Now we know why coaches always tell athletes to “hit the showers” after practice.

For a while my back and chest kept breaking out and I didn’t completely understand why. After reading this, it made perfect since! Now I’m breakout free and my skin looks great! 

Mistake No. 6: You have an Adult Beverage

Sorry, but a vodka-soda doesn’t count as a post-workout snack. Drinking alcohol immediately after a workout slows muscle recovery, dehydrates your body, and ups your risk of blood clots, says exercise physiologist Ellen Breeding. It’s best to drink water for at least 30 minutes afterward—and then you can hit the bar if you’d like.

This part was very interesting to me, I’m not a big drinker to begin with but now I know that sticking to water after my workout with defiantly the only beverage I need. Plus you lose sweat during workouts, therefore it just makes since to rehydrate your body! Water is Life!

Mistake No. 7: You Skimp On Sleep 

Sleep is essential for your body to recover after an intense workout. Why? Because that’s when your body really begins to heal and build stronger muscles, says fitness expert and Women’s Health advisory board member Rachel Cosgrove. Having trouble snoozing? Find out how to get more sleep.  

I am a big fan of getting enough sleep and resting when necessary. In order to get stronger, you have to rest your muscles. Just because your head tells you to keep going, your muscles maybe saying otherwise. Now Go to Bed! 

(Source: Kenny Thapoung) (Women’s Health Mag)


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