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What to Do After a Workout

When Exercise is Over, the Work Isn't

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The carbs will re-energize your body, while slowly turning into calories - so you have plenty of time to burn them before they turn to fat. The protein helps repair your muscles, so they grow stronger while your body rests until the next workout.

Next time you put down the dumbbells and think your work is done, remember these after-workout necessities to maximize your efforts and get the most out of exercising.

This article was reviewed and approved by Joe Downie, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Coach.
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Member Comments

  • MIE1231
    Hi Sir, is it good after exercise can go shower directly? how many minutes should I wait until I go to shower? Thanks. R - 5/2/2016 11:45:58 PM
  • What do I do after exercise? I rush home, jump in the shower, and run like crazy getting ready for work, grab a quick breakfast and fix my lunch. - 4/29/2016 3:10:15 PM
  • Without meaning to sound like a smart arse where was having a shower? - 4/3/2016 8:21:02 PM
  • I need to stretch more after my workouts. - 10/24/2014 5:01:57 AM
  • BANNERMAN
    Thanks for sharing this. - 4/1/2014 1:19:36 AM
  • After my workouts i usually shower then clean up my house, play with my kids and cook dinner then rest so im always moving :-)
    - 1/14/2014 2:25:30 PM
  • Thanks for sharing - 10/30/2013 6:14:28 AM
  • 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. - 7/9/2013 9:30:18 AM
  • 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. - 6/19/2013 3:16:42 PM
  • Great article. - 5/28/2013 1:52:29 PM
  • Great article! I loved this! - 5/15/2013 10:54:53 AM
  • CIRANDELLA
    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! - 4/25/2013 5:22:10 PM
  • And after all that, when you get home, reward yourself with a nice cup of tea and take a nap, right? - 1/20/2013 2:16:27 AM
  • 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. - 6/28/2012 9:42:53 PM
  • LJGALLO
    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? - 6/28/2012 3:45:48 PM

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