Most of us never make it to a gym, here are a few tips for those who do.
So now your workout is done, what do we do now? Head to the shower and rush back to our routine. Stop! You need to give your body some time to recover. This not only gives you a time to slow down your heart rate (which is extremely important) but to get maximum out of your workout.
Cool down: After a heavy cardio or weight session your heart rate pulses goes up and you need a smooth transition for your body to come back to a steady state. It also helps you avoid feeling sick after a workout. Walking on a treadmill for five minutes is a good and easy way to cool down. You also need enough oxygen in your system to let your muscles repair.
Stretching: Stretching helps to reset your body to a natural position and posture. Walk out of the gym without paying attention to areas that are overly tight, and you may pay the price later on with increased soreness and stiffness.
Protein intake: When you work out, your muscles are primed to respond to protein and you have a window of opportunity to promote muscle growth. You’re doing this because resistance exercise breaks down muscles. This requires a fresh infusion of amino acids to repair and build it. If you’re lifting weights and you don’t consume protein, it’s almost counterproductive. But don’t go over board with that protein shake.
Do not indulge: Just because you have burned those extra calories and sweat it out, steer away from salty snacks and fried food, as they are high in calories. Instead opt for a healthy meal, like dry fruits or fruits which are high in potassium. Have a glass of milk to rehydrate yourself and muscle recovery. Eating junk food after a workout, does not justify the cause, but defeats it.
Remember, when you do any sort of exercise, your muscles tear apart at the molecular level. When they heal, they grow back stronger. However, if you never rest your muscles, they can never heal. Keep these things in mind to make the most of the time spent at the gym.
Have a good workout.