Fitness Tips: June 4, 2018

Healthy Lifestyle Tip: Post-Workout Habits to Make

Here are some easy-to-do after exercise tips that will support the gains you get from working out.

Drink Water
The first thing your body needs after any workout is to rehydrate, and that means water. So get yourself a bottle of cool water, and drink the whole thing – slowly – after exercise.

Get Some R&R
Exercise is energizing but it can be tough and depleting on the body–rest and relaxation are key. Your body will naturally recover when given the chance. Take 15 minutes after a high-energy workout to sit or lie down and completely relax.

Go Bananas
After a workout, your body needs to replenish nutrients within 15 to 30 minutes. Bananas are one of the best foods for post-exercise restoration. They're high in healthy carbs to restore your body's levels of glycogen and help heal sore muscles. They're packed with potassium, a key form of electrolytes to prevent cramps and muscle spasms. Plus, they're perfectly wrapped for easy transport! Add a few handfuls of pumpkin seeds – they're packed with manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, and 5 grams of protein per ounce. This fruit-and-seed combo is one way to give your body a quick boost towards recovery.

Sounds simple right? We know shallow breathing or holding your breath makes a workout even harder. Post-exercise, your body needs time to return to a resting state – and so does your breathing. Be extra mindful of the oxygen that is pumping through your system. Take your time and allow yourself to breathe deeply until your breathing returns to normal.

Get Your Electrolytes
It's important to restore your electrolytes after exercise. Sweating depletes potassium and sodium, which along with other minerals comprises electrolytes. These salt minerals keep your body hydrated so your muscles and nerves can function at their best. Electrolyte replenishing drinks are great for post-exercise.

Peters, Carey 10 Post-Workout Habits to Make (and Break) Retrieved from