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What to Do After a Workout

When Exercise is Over, the Work Isn't


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  • BANUELOS2148
    fabulous artice. I know a lot of people probably know this but I didn't! and it's very important I think.
  • I always cool down after being on the treadmill or elliptical, but I don't really stretch after that. This is a really great reminder -- I'm sure everyone who spends the time working out wants to get the maximum benefit to their hard work!
  • This was a great article. So many times I read articles and they are something I knew before - even if I had packed it away in memory. But this was new and refreshing. It is great to rely on SP to get you all the info you really need to know.

  • Great article. I had just returned from running 2.5 miles on the treadmill with a 10-minute cool down at a lower speed. I didn't really stretch much, but I did drink some water. After reading this article, I decided to go ahead and refuel on lentil soup before beginning strength training. I felt like my body was thanking me for a delicious cup of lentils with carrots.

    I'll definitely proceed slowly into the strength training warm up and be sure to cool down and stretch afterwards. And more water!
  • Great article,sad to admit this but I always relax on the couch or bench after a workout! Now I know better....
    Good article As someone else mentioned, I've heard that chocolate milk is actually the perfect post-workout fuel. It apparently has the ideal ratio or carbs to protein. Plus it is delicious! :-)
    I've started packing it in my car to drink after my runs on the weekend.
  • Good to know...thanks for sharing.
  • The only time I stretch is after my work out. I've heard (from fitness professionals) that if you stretch too early, when your muscles and joints aren't fully warmed up, you can do more harm than good.

    Warm up - work out - cool down - stretch - EAT!

  • I usually stretch and I always get in the water after exercise, but eating? Not always, especially when I take a walk after dinner. I sometimes get in a glass of milk before bed, but not much else unless I'm running short on my total calories for the day.
  • I always do my abs last and then do a mini yoga workout at the very end, this article has reminded me how important this part of my workout is and also how many benefits I actually get out of it. Great stuff!
    Very helpful and informative.
  • Once again, a health article written in language I can understand. Many thanks. I have learned so much this year.
    a very comprehansive and informative topic. thanks sparkpeople team for the knowledge they are sharing with us.
  • Excellent article but they forgot to mention the most important thing- enter your fitness minutes! LOL

    I always do the other things but forget to enter my minutes despite my best intentions. How ever can I help my teams reach their goals with this happening all the time? (red-face)
  • I regret to say that I found all this out the hard way. Several years ago I had to go for a stress test at the hospital. This involved getting on a treadmill and running like mad until your heart rate doubled.I had never done any sort of exercises other than walking leisurely around the mall.I was on that tread mill for 15 minutes running flat out for over 15 minutes, I never reached the double heart rate, but I couldn't get my breath. So they told me to get dressed and go home I was so shaky I had to take a cab home.
    That evening I had the most horrendous cramps in my thigh muscles that I thought I was going to die, and was disappointed when I didn't. After 40 minutes of terrible pain I immersed myself in an ice cold bath, then poured blazing hot water over my legs.
    To this very day if I do not drink a lot of water every time I even go for a short walk those exact same pains return and I have to do the exact same thing to rid myself of them.
    There was no mention by hospital about warm up, drinking lots of water or cool down. And because of this I am afraid to push myself in any sort of exercise, and this makes me angry

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