Exercising regularly is one of the best things you can do for your health. Soon after you start exercising, you'll begin to see and feel the benefits that physical activity can have on your body and well-being. The goal is to start slowly, build up your fitness level and let your body rest from time to time to prevent injuries. Also, what you do after a workout is just as important as the workout itself, and it's easy to derail all the hard work if you aren't careful.
Read on for 5 things you should NEVER do after a workout.
1) Reaching for a Sports Drink-
Any Sports drink pack way too much of sugar and calories to be effective. Stick with regular water and add just a pinch of salt in your water which will add electrolytes and keep your cells hydrated. Coconut water is also a good option.
❝ Sports drinks are full of vitamins and minerals but most are also full of sugar. Some of the more popular brands have as much as eight teaspoons of sugar per every eight ounces of fluid!❞
3) Performing Excessive Cardio after you are done with Workout-
There is nothing wrong with doing some cardio (20-30 minutes maximum) after your weight training, but it should not be excessive, or you will severely hamper the physiological and hormonal mechanisms that lead to muscular hypertrophy. Your best bet is to separate cardio and weight training by about 5 hours.
❝ Excessive cardio hampers the physiological and hormonal mechanisms that lead to muscular hypertrophy.❞
5) Skipping the Stretch-
Your warm-up and your cool-down are part of your workout. Your muscles will respond so much better when you treat them well and take the time for post-workout recovery stretching. Stretching at the end of your workout can help boost your flexibility, reduce the risk of injury, and decrease muscle tension in your body. It can even help improve your performance the next time you work out.