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What to Do After a Workout

When Exercise is Over, the Work Isn't

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  • I have a great stretch (static) after my workouts; works great for me. When I start strength or cardio, I just start gradually and do not bother doing stretches. - 6/28/2012 10:00:34 AM
  • SANDIBETTS1
    I appreciate the articles--thanks for the strech AFTER the workout note sent by a reader. - 6/28/2012 8:08:57 AM
  • When speaking about refueling post workout is that solely when doing strength training or should the same be said if you only completed a cardio workout? - 6/28/2012 7:51:49 AM
  • CHEREEW
    This article seems outdated. The stretching before a workout has been reported as being detrimental to your muscles, not only in coach Nicole's article, but on several "health" shows on TV and in numerous articles. The tuna sandwich, great but no more than 2x p/week, mercury levels people! - 6/28/2012 6:11:41 AM
  • TARA-LEER
    I love reading SparkPeoples articles. I may not have time to go through all the content yet and make proper use of all the tools provided but in my spare few minutes I find alot of tips and information to help me out.
    Thank you to everyone who makes this journey of getting healthy fun, exciting and easier. - 6/28/2012 4:50:48 AM
  • Thanks for the reminder. - 5/3/2012 7:32:33 AM
  • I'm very confused by this article. Everything I've read here says its pointless to stretch before a workout. Warmups yes but not warmup, stretch, warmup again, workout. - 4/4/2012 8:58:18 AM
  • This article seems to contradict most of the advice on the site, which says NOT to stretch before working out, only after. he says both. - 4/4/2012 7:50:18 AM
  • Most sports dieticians recommend refueling within 30-45 mintues after a workout if it's duration is 60 minutes or more. If you wait 90 minutes, your body may already be starting to consume muscle tissue for fuel and your blood sugar being low, your metabolism may go into starvation mode by then.

    I think the best and simliest recovery food is lowfat or skim milk or soy milk. A perfect mix of carbs and protein. Easily digestible and empties your stomach quickly. Sometimes I'll have a bowl of whole grain cereal.

    The best is to just time your workout so that you have a normal meal within 45 minutes afterwards.

    Stretching is big. If 'm doing an easier workout, I'll only stretch afterwards. If it's intervals or anything fast, I'll stretch after a warm-up.

    Remember, hold stretches for at least 10 seconds and DO NOT BOUNCE! This isn't the 1970's.

    - 4/25/2011 11:14:00 AM
  • Thanks for sharing the great advice.

    My trainer helps me stretch out may back, arms and legs post-workout and I can really tell the difference. I now do it after each workout. I find my appetite is actually much lower after working out, but still try to eat a little protein and carbs within 60 minutes.

    One additional thing I try to do is take a nice warm shower within 3 hours of a workout as it seems to relax any muscle that might tighten up afterwards. - 2/20/2011 8:00:19 PM
  • what if you work out late at night, say 11pm...should you still eat something? - 11/12/2010 1:10:49 AM
  • Great article as lately been really confused when to stretch I do a water aerobic class and the stretching is only done at the end of the workout. I did know have to warm up muscles before stretching. - 8/1/2010 6:41:14 AM
  • Hello,
    I was confused about where the author said that stretching should come not only BEFORE but after exercising. I say this because I read a blog by Nicole Nichols where she said that stretching BEFORE exercise was not a good idea. Here is the link;
    http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=
    4_reasons_to_stop_stretching_before_yo
    u_exercise. I would greatly appreciate some clairification on this point.

    Thank you - 7/29/2010 12:29:14 AM
  • I didn't realize that you should also eat something within 90 minutes. Thank you for that info and a suggestion of the type of food to eat. - 7/27/2010 12:33:51 PM
  • Thank-you for the reminder to cool down and stretch! - 7/24/2010 8:53:24 PM

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