Have you had one of those days at the gym where you just end up working so damn hard that your body spend the next day in protest? Maybe you amped up your weights more than usual. Maybe your cardio was a little bit crazier than most days. Maybe your Pilates instructor made you try a few too many oblique twists. But you if you find that you’ve pushed yourself beyond regular days, here’s how to come down from a tough workout.
DRINK A LOT OF WATER
One of the reasons you feel drained at the end of a workout is the loss of fluids from the body. Make sure you’re getting them back with a lot of water and maybe a little bit of Gatorade. Here are some hydration tips:
GET AT LEAST 8 HOURS OF SLEEP AT NIGHT
To get your body in recovery and regeneration mode, you need to sleep! So make sure you give yourself a lot of regeneration time after your tough workout. Here is an explanation of how losing weight is related to sleep.
FOAM ROLL IT OUT
Foam rolling helps recover muscle soreness and gets rid of knots, improving the range of motion at your joints. It is also the easiest form of recovery. Follow this tutorial to get a full routine.
EAT A PROTEIN RICH SNACK
Part of the reason you really feeling the after effects of your tough workout is the wear and tear of your muscles. So make sure you each a protein rich snack to give the repairing a boost. This video has a couple of ideas.
DO NOT SKIP YOUR WORKOUT THE NEXT DAY
Don’t let one tough workout stop you from your entire routine! Even if it is a bit of light cardio, or some concentrated one hour yoga, make sure you get back to the gym the next day!
LET IT OUT WITH A HOT SHOWER
Warm water can soothe and relax those worked up muscles and salt baths help also, however since most Pakistani households don’t have a bathtub, you can wing with in a steaming bathroom to release the tension in your body. And once you’re out of the shower, stretch it out!