Working out hard and working out often can go a long way in helping you be at your best physically but it is incredibly important to listen to your body and learn when to rest. A proper post-workout recovery is essential for ensuring that you give your body and mind time to strengthen and grow. But there is more to recovery than plopping down on the couch for an entire weekend and catching up on the Stranger Things.
Break down the best post-workout recovery tips from HiDow International to help you make the most out of each and every one of your workouts.
It can not be stressed enough how important a cool down is immediately following any intense running, lifting, or throwing. Cooling down helps regulate your heartbeat, your breathing, it helps lower your body temperature, and it will help you feel less sore later on. It is always good to cool down with a light jog and some dynamic stretches. This will help lower the risk of suffering an injury later on.
Your cool-down should include plenty of stretching! Flexibility is key when it comes to avoiding injuries from working out so you should be stretching every day in some capacity.
Staying hydrated is critical to your post-workout recovery. Dehydrated muscles are more likely to cramp up and get injured, so you will want to be drinking plenty of fluids during and after your workout. Proper hydration will make you feel refreshed, energized, and ready to go again.
In addition to staying hydrated, you will want to make sure that you are fueling your body with healthy foods. Ideally, you want to eat foods that are nutrient-rich and that have potassium and protein. Bananas, peanut butter, and avocados are great post-workout snacks.
No pain no gain, right? Well, not really. Just because soreness is common after working out, it doesn’t make it any less uncomfortable or painful. If you feel any pain or discomfort after working out you may want to use TENS and EMS treatment for pain relief. TENS therapy can help alleviate pain and discomfort in your muscles after a workout without the need to take over the counter pain medication.
The Pro-Touch 6-12 is the perfect wireless TENS therapy device for pain relief on the go!
Finally, listen to your body and give yourself plenty of time to recover. In order to get the most out of your workout, you will need to get plenty of rest and plenty of sleep so that you don’t burn out. It’s best to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night!