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What to Do After a Workout

When Exercise is Over, the Work Isn't


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  • 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
  • I usually stretch after I do my circuit at the gym but haven't been after walk/jog. I'm also looking for a good combo of carb/protein to eat afterwards!! Thanks for the article!
  • I usually stretch after I do my circuit at the gym but haven't been after walk/jog. I'm also looking for a good combo of carb/protein to eat afterwards!! Thanks for the article!
  • Great motvation here to stretch! I am left wondering about hte following however: "After a workout, muscles naturally contract. Stretching again prevents them from shrinking. It allows your muscles to rebuild, growing bigger and stronger..." I did not know that muscles would literally shrink if not for conscious stretching. Also had not heard that stretching causes muscles to grow and gain strength! This is challenging information for me to grasp.
  • i have had problems with stretching in the past. It is really important that you get someone to show you how to stretch properly so you do not overdo!
  • I was blown away by the contents of this article. I started jogging a few months ago and stepped it up a bit this past week. I try to jog at least 3 times a week. At 54, I'm feeling great and realize you're never too old to jog/run. 2 days ago I really over-did it. When I got home I was whipped, literally. I felt weak and shakey. Actually sick. NOW I realize why. I ate 2 bowls of cereal. I can't wait to go running/jogging tomorrow. I will be prepared for as soon as I return. THANK you!
  • This was really helpful. I was always told I should NOT eat after exercise so this article dispels the myth for me. Thank you.
  • Awesome article! Great tips I will use.
  • Simple -to the point- advice. Thanks for putting it all in once place. Easier to remember!

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