The exercise habit itself is definitely one to encourage. Getting into a routine of a gym visit, an exercise class, a run or whatever works for you is a good way to make sure that it happens.
Routines can have a downside, and one of those is getting into bad habits. After making sure that you aren’t getting your workout wrong, here are 4 things not to do after your workout:
We all know that a warm-up is vital before an intensive workout. The cool-down afterwards is also very important. Finish your workout with gentler moves. That will let the sweat dry and the lactic acid drain from your muscles.
Especially if you have been training fasted, you could well be hungry after your exercise session. That can lead to diving for the snack machine or the evening takeaway – and there goes all that good work.
Be prepared for the post workout snack attack with some forward planning. Stock up on good late-evening foods, and get ahead with healthy lunch ideas for the office. Being in a hurry after your workout doesn’t mean that you can’t eat decent food.
Working out means losing water. Even pool workouts will dehydrate you, although you won’t notice. So it is really important to replace that lost water.
Even if you don’t drink while exercising, keep a water bottle handy afterwards. (Reusable and filled with tap water, of course!) Be careful not to undo all the good work with ‘energy drinks’. By definition these contain a lot of calorie-laden sugar.
If you are working out after work, it can be tempting to skip the shower until you get home. Not only is this anti-social for those nearby, but it can also risk your own health. Getting chilled in sweaty clothes can cause muscle cramps.
There’s also the dreaded ‘athletes foot’ – however smart your gym, consider wearing flip-flops in the showers.
Keep up the good habits, reduce the bad ones and that trip to the gym will pay off.
Agree with you about the rehydration. I tend to drink when I'm thirsty during the workout and then forget to drink more.
entirely agree about the warm up (as well as the cool down) - neglect it and it comes back to bite you. Don't risk an injury!