Is today your scheduled workout day? If yes, then you might have already developed your own habits before and after a sweat session by now. Surely, you know how warm-up exercises are important to do before letting out your inner beast. Do you know what things you should be wary of post-workout, though?
Don’t worry, we got you covered! Here are 7 things you should never do after working out it in the gym or your home:
Justify a huge treat after your session. Yes, you do deserve a reward for your hard work but don’t waste it by taking the same amount of calories or even more than what you just burned. Know when to give your body what it needs and not what you simply want.
Skip the cool-down exercises. Among many benefits, the most important role of cooling-down is gradually returning your heart rate and temperature back to normal. Some simple yoga moves, stretching, or even just walking on the treadmill for 10 or 15 minutes will do.
Overuse the foam rollers. While it feels wonderful to the body, overdoing it can actually be counterproductive. According to Active.com, aggressive foam rolling can lead to muscle and nerve trauma.
Grab a sports drink instead of just water. Although such beverages are marketed as healthy with their good amounts of body-enriching minerals, they’re also packed with sugar thus the loaded calories. Drinking water is a better way to rehydrate and nourish body post-workout.
Become sedentary for the rest of the day. While it’s tempting to just sit or lie around at home after a hardcore hour at the gym, you have to keep moving or else the body will tighten up. There should be “active recovery” such as stretching or walking around indoors for the rest of your day.
Forget to freshen up after coming from the gym. Get out of your sweaty and dirty clothes as soon as you can. You don’t want to disturb others with the smell nor transfer the germs from the gym to your couch, pillows, or bed. All equipment and seats you used are shared so they’re naturally dirtier than most surfaces. You might also want to avoid touching your face before you can wash and sanitize your hands. You can use a towel for the meantime but still, showering is the best option.
Skimp on adequate sleep. Any healthy lifestyle requires a good night’s sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re putting yourself at great risk for stress, irritation, and even overeating. Your body and mind both need time to recharge, especially after a day where you worked out hard.