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Are You Recovering Properly? 8 Steps to Optimal Recovery

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Training is something anyone can do, however, the real champions take post workouts just as serious as their actual workout. Working hard and pushing yourself to the limit while working out is great. Yet, most people do not focus enough on their post-workout routines.

Let's look into 8 ways to perfect your post-workout cool down, allowing your body to fully recover.

Stretch it Out!

Cool down like a pro. End your workout with a light cardio session followed by some stretching, like squats or lunges. Stretching while your muscles are still warm helps avoid soreness the next day. Try using a foam roller, which increases blood flow to your muscles and helps eliminate tightness and tension in muscles.

Treat Yourself!

Foods rich in antioxidants, such as blueberries, raspberries, or cherries can help reduce post-workout soreness. Fruits with high levels of potassium help with muscle cramping, as well.

Shower Hot and Cold

No one wants to jump into an ice bath. Instead, try this trick - shower for one minute with heat, followed by one minute in cold water. Repeat this process to reduce lactic acid, which causes next-day soreness.

Take 5 for Yourself

You have hit the gym and made your post workout shake. Now it is time to relax your mind. Find a quiet place to sit down and clear your mind for 5-10 minutes. Doing this a few times a day will allow you to have stronger, clearer thoughts.

Drink Some H20

Rehydrating yourself after a workout is key for starting your body's post-workout routine. Your body will thank you later. Good hydration helps keep your body temperature regular after your workout.

Compression Clothing

Compression clothing is not only for the elderly. Wearing compression garments, like pants or sleeves, can help reduce toxins in your muscles and improve circulation. You should wear compression clothing for about three hours after your workout.

Have Some Protein 

Have a scoop of your favorite protein powder within an hour of your workout. This will help build stronger muscles and aid in your body's recovery. Make sure to avoid any protein powders that are high in sugar - you want to avoid these unnecessary carbs!

Do it all over again!

Find a routine that works for you. Tweak it and keep doing it. Workout routines help keep our bodies going. It doesn’t matter what time of day you workout, just make sure you get it done and treat your body right before and after. 

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