No matter how much time and effort you put into your sweat sessions, you won’t see the results you want if you don’t make the right choices post-workout. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the most common mistakes that are sabotaging all of your hard work. Trust us, this is need-to-know stuff!
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. So, finishing up your workout with some light aerobics—like walking on a treadmill—to let your vitals return to their resting levels.
Forget to stretch it out
Don’t snack afterward
Food fuels you up before you start sweating, and it also helps your muscles repair themselves after your workout. Ideally, you’ll want to take in a combination of carbs and protein (like Greek yogurt with blueberries or a handful of nuts)
Don’t change out of your clothes
After workout, you need to put on some clean clothes ASAP. Sweaty workout gear retains moisture, and wearing it after you’re done at the gym could lead to yeast infections, say experts. So hurry up and slip into some fresh garments when you get home.
Get away without showering
Letting perspiration sit on your skin encourages bacterial growth, which may cause rashes, say experts. But there’s another reason to rinse off after you exercise: skipping your post-workout shower will probably make you the least popular person in the room. Now we know why coaches always tell athletes to “hit the showers” after practice.
Take some alcohol celebratory drink
Drinking alcohol immediately after a workout slows muscle recovery, dehydrates your body, and ups your risk of blood clots. It’s best to drink water for at least 30 minutes afterward—and then you can hit the bar if you’d like.
Skimming 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. From 6 to 8 hours sleeping per days will always be the best!