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!
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)