So you’ve finished your workout and like myself you’re a sweaty monster and all you want to do is sit and never move again. There are three things you need to do before hand, they’re all super simple but it’s surprising how many people skip them.
1. Stretch. If you don’t want to spend time out of the game because your muscles aren’t on your team or even injured you need to take 5-10 minutes after working out to stretch them out. It is recommended that you do 5 minutes of stretches and then 5 minutes releasing any tension and knots with a foam roller. AfIf you’re struggling with knowing what to do for these stretches or unsure on how to use a foam roller typing the question into Google will give you literally thousands of results an different activities you can do to help you and your muscles happy.
2. Get Out of Your Workout Clothes. It is so, so easy to get back from your workout, sit on the couch and then before you know it three hours have passed and you’re still sat in your workout gear. Even if you don’t have time to shower, which is still very recommended, at least get out of your workout clothes. Staying in them promotes acne on your back, yeast infections for us woman (nice), and other unhygienic related problems.
3. Eat. After working out your body needs to replenish itself of the lowered levels of fluids, glycogen and electrolytes. It also plays a massive factor in helping your muscles repair and grow. You should eat as soon as you can for it to have the optimum affect, it is also super easy to be tempted with a slice of cake or a biscuit (or five) after a workout to ‘reward’ yourself but it doesn’t actually mean you can get away with it, unfortunately. Try find something protein based!