Imagine working out everyday only to find out that instead of strengthening your body you’ve actually been injuring it! We all want to be in great shape and running is one of the best ways to condition your body. However, if you’re not careful while working out you can end up damaging your body instead of fortifying it. In this brief blog I will be discussing 3 things every runner should do after working out to ensure their body recovers properly and optimizes it’s results.
1. Drink Plenty Of Water
This may seem like common sense but when you exert yourself you sweat a lot and when you sweat a lot it’s easy to become dehydrated. One of the first things you should do after every workout is drink water, especially after intense cardio exercises like running. Drinking water is highly recommended but drinks with electrolytes such as Gatorade are also very beneficial. Electrolytes help to regulate muscle contractions as well as nerve impulses.
2. Stretch Your Muscles
Yes, you it is important to stretch before and after each workout. Experts say that the best time to stretch is when your muscles are warm, this means that post-workout stretching may be just as beneficial if not more beneficial than pre-workout stretching. Stretching after working out has been shown to prevent soreness, reduce injury and even provide some psychological benefits helping you transition from an excited state to a relaxed state. Taking a few minutes to stretch before you start to relax and your muscles stiffen will give you a higher probability of being able to work out multiple days in succession. It is always good however to let your body rest at least one day out of the week. This along with stretching allows your muscles to heal-and-soothe.
Eat A Nice Meal
Many people run in order to lose weight but you should not be afraid of having a nice meal. It is suggested by experts that runners eat a meal which has a ratio of 4:1 carbohydrates to proteins. You don’t have to go crazy with making sure that ratio is exact however. Protein and carbs are the key ingredient to restoring your body after exercising. As long as you have a healthy, well balanced meal you should be fine. Meats such as fish can be used for protein, grains such as brown rice for carbohydrates are recommended and if you’re feeling in the mood for a desert you can’t go wrong with fruits, bananas, blueberries. For more information about what to eat after running you can read the article posted below.
In conclusion, if you practice these 3 steps, drink plenty of water, stretch your muscles and eat a nice healthy meal, you should be ready to start working out regularly without injuring your body. Instead of injury, you should see results faster and be able to run more frequently allowing you to excel much faster as an athlete.