Any weight watcher and fitness expert would agree that proper form when working out is key to effective exercise. It helps you maximize the energy you use, and allows your body to make the most of your program. But there is one more thing workout enthusiasts should not forget, and it has nothing to do with what they should be doing when pumping iron. Rather, it is more about what they miss to do after each workout.
Many weight watchers skip post-workout activities, thinking it does not contribute much to their fitness program. Experts, however, suggest that you might be compromising your results if you do not follow any of these after-exercise essentials:
Cool Down Stretch
While the benefits of stretching before exercise is still a topic of debate, studies show that stretching or cooling down after should not be missed. This minimizes muscle injury and allows your body to recuperate faster from the intense stress it has undergone. After you hop off the inclined treadmill, take time to cool down and stretch a bit.
Refuel the Muscles
What you eat after working out affects your body’s metabolism. Exercises, particularly the high-intensity ones, wear out your muscles for them to grow strong. You need the right kind of nutrients to help repair muscles and prime them for optimal recovery. For these matters, however, it is best to talk with your nutritionist or dietitian to know what to consume after your workout.
Replace Lost Fluids
Take it easy on downing sports drink. Sometimes, hydrating with water is enough, especially for light workouts. If you have been working out intensely for an hour or so, that is the time sports drinks are more beneficial. They effectively replace lost fluids in your body by supplying electrolytes.
Have a Full Night Sleep
Lastly, to make the most of your workout, you should make sure you have enough sleep. While you snooze, your body can better recuperate and build more muscles. Growth hormones are also at its highest while you sleep, which aids in maximizing muscle growth.
Whether you are using your own treadmill or go to the gym, it pays to mind what you do after your exercise. After all, if you could endure your workouts, post-exercise activities would be a piece of cake for you.