Five essential post-workout habits
Your workout doesn’t stop as soon as you hop off the treadmill… Round off your fitness sesh the right way with our top five ideas for getting the most out of your training.
1. Stay hydrated
An oldie but a goodie: it’s essential to stay hydrated while you train, as well as before and after. Around half a litre is best to fully replenish your system. We know it’s tempting to grab a coffee or a fizzy drink as a treat when you’ve finished working out, but you’ll definitely feel better for it.
2. Sleep it off
It might seem odd that doing nothing could help you work out harder, but it’s true. Rest and relaxation is a key part of preparing for your gym sesh – getting plenty of sleep each night, and finding time after workouts to take a little time out to stretch, ease your muscles and recover, before getting back to your day. This will help you avoid injury, and help you feel rewarded for the hard work you’ve just put into training.
3. Lyte it up
It’s essential to replenish your electrolytes once you’ve finished your workout. These minerals - including potassium and sodium – are lost as you sweat. However, they’re very useful to your muscles and nerves, helping them function at a high level. Coconut water offers an easy (and delicious) way to top up your reserves.
4. Go bananas
A post-workout snack is a must, but it’s important to ensure you refuel the right way – after all, you don’t want to counteract all the effort you just put into your fitness session! One of the best foods you can choose are bananas: cheap, easy to transport and tasty, they’re full of healthy carbs to restore your glycogen. They’re also packed with potassium, which is perfect for helping to prevent cramps and muscle spasms.
5. Lose the booze
Fitting in a quick workout before a big night out? That might not be the wisest move… Because alcohol dehydrates the body, if a couple of cocktails is the first thing you drink after you leave the gym, you’re likely to feel worse for wear the next day. Try alternating between water and alcohol if you do have to go straight from gym to bar, and grabbing a healthy snack to stay feeling fresh.