Definitely, you did put a lot of time and effort into your sweat sessions, especially if you have a busy schedule. So chase experts’ tips and try to avoid these post-workout slip-ups that may sabotage all your hard work, or worse, result in illness or injury.
Don’t opt for fatty or salty snacks and mini-meals. An excess of salt will drive down your levels of potassium. You can easily resolve this loss by eating a handful of dried fruits or a banana.
Choose a healthy post-workout snack that contains carbs and protein to restore energy and maintain a healthy metabolic rate. This would satisfiy any sweet cravings. But don’t take in more calories than you’ve burned.
Don’t stay in sweaty clothes after a workout. Apart from feeling nauseating, sweaty workout gear retain moisture, and wearing it after you’re done at the gym could lead to yeast infections, body acne or make you chilly. Always pack a clean, dry change of clothes. Even if you don’t have time to shower, just slip into your dry outfit.
Stretch it out. Stretching out the muscles you just used can help reduce soreness the next day.
Don’t skip the cool down. Taking time to let your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal levels cuts your risk of injury.
Don’t drink alcohol immediately after a workout. Alcohol slows muscle recovery, dehydrates your body, and ups your risk of blood clots. It’s best to drink water for at least 30 minutes afterwards — and then you can hit the bar if you’d like.
Hit the showers. Letting perspiration sit on your skin encourages bacterial growth, which may cause rashes. Therefore, experts always advise to rinse off after exercising.
Don’t eat sugar-high energy bars, fruit drinks and sodas. Sugar set your metabolism back to slow. Reach instead for bottled water or unsweetened iced tea.
Don’t keep your yoga mat rolled up until the next class. Wipe down your yoga mat, and hang it over so it can dry. Dark moist places are breeding grounds for bacteria.
Don’t skimp on sleep. Sleep is essential for your body to recover after an intense workout. Experts say that your body really begins to heal and build stronger muscles while sleeping.
Don’t touch your face during or after workout. Getting sweat on in a public place like a gym or yoga studio, where everyone shares equipment or touch things, commonly always facilitate picking up germs on hands. Use your own towel, and then after you finish wash off your hands, use antibacterial wipes or gel.