Hitting the gym supremely hard could very well lead to dramatic results. Then again, even a moderate workout could deliver nice changes to a physique over time. Newly fitness-minded people often dedicate themselves quite admirably in the gym. They want to see big changes. That’s a fine attitude, but the attitude may also be a bit short-sighted if they don’t follow the right post-workout strategy. What you do outside the gym factors heavily into whether or not you see results.
Right and wrong post-workout steps can respectively lead to improvements or setbacks. Obviously, you want to focus on the right things to do after a heavy workout session. Today we present a handful of tips to improve your lifestyle post-workout with the intent to maximize results for both noobs and seasoned gym veterans.
Don’t Plan on Another Heavy Workout
Professional bodybuilders like to split-train. That means they lift weights hard in the morning and then return in the evening to do the same thing. Genetics and other factors contribute to a professional’s ability to do such things. The average person would end up overtrained if he or she did this four or five times a week. Combining heavy cardio with heavy weightlifting on the same day might be a bad idea, too.
In order for the human body to fuel workouts, the body must burn something. Carbohydrates and fat are the two things you want to burn. When you work out too hard and too strenuously way too often, the body chooses to burn protein. Your muscle tissue is protein. Going right back to the gym after leaving the gym a few hours earlier may burn up your muscles. That means you become smaller while retaining fat. And that’s in addition to other problems that arise from the burning of muscle mass. Less muscle mass means a slower metabolism. Instead of overworking yourself, try something like a thrive patch to still burn calories on your days off without losing the muscle you’ve been building up.
Never Eat Self-Defeating Meals
The nourishment you intake after a workout should fuel your recovery and gains. Burning up 500 calories in the gym and then eating 1500 calories in garbage fast food afterward doesn’t exactly lead to desirable results. And we aren’t even addressing the negative health effects of such a rotten diet.
Post-workout meals commonly involve replenishing the body with carbohydrates and also delivering the necessary protein to rebuild muscle. Quality protein from say, a chicken breast, and carbohydrates from an orange would be examples of nutritious ways of ingesting these nutrients.
The key here is to get your post-workout nutrition on track. Otherwise, you will likely undermine your progress.
Maximize Your Rest
Getting the proper amount of rest remains necessary for the muscles to recover and grow. Metabolism also benefits from a good night’s sleep. While it is important to figure out workouts during your weekly schedule, don’t dismiss the necessity of scheduling eight or so hours of sleep. Denying yourself the necessary amount of sleep hurts whatever it is you seek to accomplish in the gym in the kitchen.
Take Part in Light Stretching and Cool-Downs
No one wants to deal with aches and pains after a workout. Absolutely no one wants to contend with a major injury. Unfortunately, there is no 100% prescription capable of driving down injury risks to zero. That said, there may be a few things to do in order to decrease the chances of an injury. Light stretching and simple cool-down exercises may help the cause of reducing muscle soreness and contributing to injury prevention. How helpful stretching remains debatable. Studies show the soreness and injury-reducing effects of stretching may be minimal. Still, learning how to perform pre and post-workout stretching routines could be beneficial. At the very least, some improvements in flexibility might occur.