When you finish an intense workout, there are several steps that you can take that will make it so that you get the most out of your workout and limit muscle soreness. Let’s take a look at a few of these:
1. Cool down
After an intense workout usually my first instinct is to collapse into a corner and dutifully avoid crying. But just like your workout does better by doing cardio to increase blood flow, you should also be doing light activities to cool down after the workout to help your body readjust. Even something as small as walking for a few minutes afterwards can significantly help your muscles after a workout. You should also roll out your muscles to avoid soreness for the next day.
While you workout you should always be drinking water, but make sure that you don’t stop drinking after the exercise is immediately over. Try to get at least 8 or so more ounces of water in after the workout to keep yourself hydrated. Dehydration can also leave you feeling hungrier throughout the day, which isn’t going to help your weight loss goals.
Sometimes I feel really hungry after a workout, while other times food is the furthest thing from my mind. I try to always eat something though, as your body needs nutrients, especially protein to repair your muscles. If you’re not hungry, or if you’re trying to keep your weight loss goals in tact; you can try something like the meal replacement bar which will help fill you up, give you the nutrients you need, and keep your calories low to help lose weight.
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There you have it, some tips to getting the most out of your workouts and to help you avoid waking up to some really sore muscles tomorrow.
By Randy Gustman