If you want to get the most from every workout, you need to prioritise post-workout recovery. It's just as important as the workout itself! Your body needs time to rest to repair muscles, replenish energy, and reduce post-workout soreness. So, put on your Compression Z's and follow these steps to stay sharp!
1. Keep yourself hydrated.
Whether you are an athlete or not, water is essential for your energy levels, muscle recovery and performance. After undergoing a rigorous workout, it is vital to replace the fluids your body has lost. Studies have shown that 1% dehydration will result in 10% of strength reduction. So, make sure to stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking one ounce of water for every pound you weigh.
3. Get More Sleep.
Studies have shown that a lack of rest can cause low tolerance in training and mood swings since only certain hormones are secreted during your sleep to help your body recover. For a good rest, make sure you have a good mattress and pillow. Additionally, you may adjust the room temperature, lighting, and noise to fit your personal preference.
4. Eat Smart And Balanced!
Whether you are trying to lose fat or gain muscle, eating a balanced diet is essential to achieve your workout goals. No matter how many times you train in a week, it is important that you keep a balanced diet to you give your body the necessary nutrients to recover. Consuming enough protein, for example, can help to rebuild the muscle tissue and may reduce food cravings later in the day. Carbohydrates are also essential as they are a high source of energy as they supply your body with the necessary glycogen.
6. Stretch, stretch, stretch!
This step can be an easy to skip. However, it's crucial that you do not! Stretching before and after your workout will help to enhance flexibility, repair your muscles, reduce muscle tension, and prevent injuries. While it’s not necessary to be as flexible as a ballet dance, try stretching for around fifteen minutes after a workout or before going to bed to start feeling the difference in your workout performance and overall well-being.
7. Compress Those Muscles!
Recent research suggests that using compression garments during and after a workout session can help minimise the time it takes for your muscles to recover. For example, wearing a compression shirt after weightlifting can apply the kind of pressure necessary to cut down on swelling and inflammation; compression socks can reduce the risk of deep-vein thrombosis, and in general, they will prevent of heat exhaustion by wicking sweat and moisture away from your body.
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