The Worst Things You Can Do After A Workout

August 16, 2015

Nothing feels better than completing a good, invigorating workout. But there are a few harmful habits that can ruin a all the effort you had just put into your sweat session. Avoid doing the following mistakes and take your post workout recovery levels up a notch.

Skip Out on Stretching
I know whenever I finish a good workout, the last thing I want to do is hang around the gym for another 10-20 minutes for stretching. But not properly stretching after an intense workout can cause a buildup of lactic acid, injury, and can lead to improperly worked muscle. Even just five minutes of stretching can help keep your body limber, healthy, and injury free. So don't forget to grab your favorite yoga mat and stretch it out for at least 5 minutes.

No Post Workout Snack
Eating after a workout, especially a hard weight lifting session, is important to not only refuel, but to help in the rebuild of your muscles. According to Men's Fitness, "If you’re main goal is to build muscle, eat at least 30 grams of protein and 30 to 35 grams of carbs within 15 minutes of your workout. If you’re just trying to stay in shape or shed a few pounds, you can take your time and eat within 45 minutes or an hour after your workout." Of course you can adjust the grams of protein and carbs to your own goals. The best foods to eat are hummus, greek yogurt, sandwich wraps, fruit salads, or wholegrain breakfast cereal.

Rehydrating with the Wrong Choices
Most likely, even the hardest 45 minute workout will not deplete enough electrolytes in your body to require chugging a huge container of sugary Gatorade. Instead, drink water, coconut water, or a sugar free protein shake for maximum refueling.

Not Body Scrubbing
One of the greatest post workout treats is being able to take a refreshing and earned shower. But forgetting to exfoliating can lead to unwanted breakouts. When sweat clogs your pores, you are likely to breakout, so be sure to used a good acne face and body wash scrub.

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