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What to Do After a Workout

When Exercise is Over, the Work Isn't


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  • Without meaning to sound like a smart arse where was having a shower?
  • I need to stretch more after my workouts.
    Thanks for sharing this.
  • After my workouts i usually shower then clean up my house, play with my kids and cook dinner then rest so im always moving :-)
  • Thanks for sharing
  • Never really thought about doing too much after a workout. Usually i go back to my desk , eat lunch and work (while eating). Now it'll be in my mind to make sure time is taken. Thanks.
  • I will definitely be doing this. So far I just fall into a chair or bed after my work out and wake up sore and stiff the next morning.
  • Great article! I loved this!
    A visit to the Cheesecake Factory or other hypercalorific eating emporium may prance through your brain in a most fleeting way, but resist, resist, resist!
  • And after all that, when you get home, reward yourself with a nice cup of tea and take a nap, right?
  • I have recently read that pre workout stretching hasn't been shown to reduce the occurrance of injury. However, after 25 years of stretch, warmup, run, cooldown, stretch, I'm unlikely to change the routine that's kept me injury free through age 65. As long as the stretching is gentle and not done to the point of pain, I think it's OK to do it. Not every body is the same and mine seems to respond well to it. Staying active has never been my problem, but overeating is.
    This needs to be updated. Stretching before a workout can cause damage to tissues and eating that much after a workout should be reserved for endurance athletes. The rest of us surely don't work THAT hard for that long, to require that much fuel to rebuild tissue. Besides if you have really broken down that much muscle you are endangering yourself not exercising. What happened to common sense?
    I Agree You should always do a cool down after any workout, I myself do Turbo Kickboxing and after I am done the most important thing to do after all that kicking and cardio is a cool down with streches! :)
  • MEEWOK78
    I love this advice. I usually work out during my lunch break 4-5 times/wk (I'm fortunate enough to work for an employer that allows me to take 2.5-hr breaks in the middle of the day). I've noticed a real change in my body, not only from exercising every day, but from doing 3 things right after my workout: drinking lots of water, eating plenty of protein & low-glycemic carbs, and avoiding the empty calories of sports drinks. This article is totally spot-on and a great reminder of how important mindful consumption of food and drinks is--especially for our post-exercise bodies!

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