FOUR HABITS TO AVOID AFTER YOUR WORKOUT

FOUR HABITS TO AVOID AFTER YOUR WORKOUT

The exercise habit itself is definitely one to encourage. Getting into a routine of a gym visit, an exercise class, a run or whatever works for you is a good way to make sure that it happens.

Routines can have a downside, and one of those is getting into bad habits. After making sure that you aren’t getting your workout wrong, here are 4 things not to do after your workout:

1.      STOPPING TOO SUDDENLY

We all know that a warm-up is vital before an intensive workout. The cool-down afterwards is also very important. Finish your workout with gentler moves. That will let the sweat dry and the lactic acid drain from your muscles.

2.      EATING TOO MUCH

Especially if you have been training fasted, you could well be hungry after your exercise session. That can lead to diving for the snack machine or the evening takeaway – and there goes all that good work.

Be prepared for the post workout snack attack with some forward planning. Stock up on good late-evening foods, and get ahead with healthy lunch ideas for the office. Being in a hurry after your workout doesn’t mean that you can’t eat decent food.

3.      FORGETTING TO REHYDRATE

Working out means losing water. Even pool workouts will dehydrate you, although you won’t notice.  So it is really important to replace that lost water.

Even if you don’t drink while exercising, keep a water bottle handy afterwards. (Reusable and filled with tap water, of course!) Be careful not to undo all the good work with ‘energy drinks’. By definition these contain a lot of calorie-laden sugar.

4.      NOT CLEANING UP

If you are working out after work, it can be tempting to skip the shower until you get home. Not only is this anti-social for those nearby, but it can also risk your own health. Getting chilled in sweaty clothes can cause muscle cramps.

There’s also the dreaded ‘athletes foot’ – however smart your gym, consider wearing flip-flops in the showers.

Keep up the good habits, reduce the bad ones and that trip to the gym will pay off.


The Author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

Comments

Helen P.
6 November 2017

Helen P.

Agree with you about the rehydration. I tend to drink when I'm thirsty during the workout and then forget to drink more.

Jim R.
5 November 2017

Jim R.

entirely agree about the warm up (as well as the cool down) - neglect it and it comes back to bite you. Don't risk an injury!

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