It’s easy to focus on your workout and to think that the work you need to do to hit your fitness goals is done once you’ve finished your last rep or circuit. However, this isn’t true. Your workout doesn’t stop until you’ve given your body the recovery that it needs through dynamic movements and stretching — getting results isn’t just about how much you sweat at the gym. Today, we are going to talk about how to get the most out of your workouts long after you’ve sweat it out at the gym.
Stretching can seem like it’s not doing much to take you toward your fitness goals, but it is essential to your health and performance. Stretching elongates your muscles after you’ve spent your workout contracting them. Stretching not only helps your muscles to repair themselves, but to release lactic acid that manifests as soreness. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your session of stretching, incorporate breathing techniques: practice breathing fully while you stretch to deepen the posture and avoid pulling something. To learn more about incorporating breathwork into your workouts, check out our last blog post: “3 Reasons You Need to Breath During Your Workout.”
You also must re-hydrate. It’s easy to get busy after a workout and forget to drink water. However, it is crucial for your body’s recovery that you replenish the liquid stores that you released through sweat during your workout. Water is the catalyst for many of your body’s functions, including weight loss.
You must also refuel. What does this mean exactly. It means that you must replenish your body with electrolytes and the nutrients it needs to rebuild your body after a workout. Sometimes after a strenuous workout it is easy to eat the easiest thing available. However, if whatever you ingest isn’t nutrient-rich, you are cheating your body. Choose food rich in nutrients for your post-workout snack.
Sleep is also essential to your body’s recovery. Sleep is the time in which your body repairs itself (this time of rebuilding is crucial for muscle development) and replenishes your energy stores. You need sleep to not only have the energy to perform well, but also to avoid injury. If you’ve had a particularly difficult workout, consider getting some extra z’s.
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