I always workout but I haven’t really pushed myself in a long time by doing a really intense workout. Since I just spoke to Cheryl Chandler, fitness trainer at Fitness Unlimited, about her workout techniques I decided to give her Head to Toe class a try.
It was a great workout combing cardio and strength training that really kicked my butt. I knew I was going to be sore the next day and needed to take action. Here are a few things you can do post workout to help diminish the intensity and duration of soreness.
1) Stretch! It’s always important to stretch before and after a workout to help prevent injury and it’s an easy and fast way to help in the recovery process.
2) Replenish fluids. Drink a lot of water to recover lost fluids and to flush out lactic acid and other toxins that build up during a workout.
3) Eat. Try to get a HEALTHY meal in 30-60 minutes after your workout. Your body is in prime shape for a nutritious and filling meal right after you workout to help in both the muscle and energy recovery process. According to the Journal of the International Society of Sports Medicine, consuming protein and a little carbohydrate is best immediately after exercise. So fruits, vegetables, brown rice, quinoa and lean protein, like egg whites, are a good to include in a post workout meal.
4) Sleep. Your body recovers best during its most relaxed state, sleeping.
5) Give yourself at least 24 hours to recover before your next workout.
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