When we’re working out, we may think that the act of working out is the most important. But, it’s essential to support our bodies throughout recovery. When we don’t allow our body to fully recover between workouts, it can cause injury, pain, or permanent damage. Let’s talk about how to have a better workout recovery.
One of the most important, and often overlooked, aspects of recovery after a workout is cooling down. If you go from running for an hour, to immediately laying down on the couch, your muscles will get cold and tighten quickly. Instead, take some time to cool down after your workout. This could be anywhere from 5-15 minutes. Go from running, to jogging, to walking. If you’re doing cardio, try to walk in place or repeat reps at a slower pace.
No matter what the exercise was, yoga is also a great way to cool your body down. You’re still moving, so they won’t freeze immediately, but will cool down slowly, instead. And, it will help you relax and slow your heart rate before you continue with the rest of your day. This is especially important if you’re going to bed soon after you workout!
A lot of people tend to stretch before a workout, but it’s just essential after. It helps loosen your muscles and tendons, as well as helps release lactic acid in your body. This is a great incorporation into your cool down routine. Just be sure to go at your own pace and not overdo it. Overstretching is really bad for you and could cause injury. Research online how to properly stretch so you don’t hurt yourself.
tips and tricks
- Take products that help with workout recovery. We recommend Fun for a lighter workout, and Build for intense workouts, and muscle-building.
- There are lots of different ways to cool down after a workout. Look for some ideas online and find out what works best for you.
- To properly cool down, be sure to follow your cool down routine for 5-10 minutes, minimum. Any less won’t do any good.
- Take breaks in between workouts to ensure your body has time to rest. Rotating which body part you’re focusing on is also a good idea!
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