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The 8 Worst Things to Do After a Workout

Going to the gym becomes routine, yet bad habits can destroy your fitness efforts. As an exercise physiologist, these are athletes' worst post-workout behaviors.

Skipping the Cool-Down

Avoiding the cool-down might lead to lightheadedness or dizziness due to the sudden drop in heart rate and blood pressure. Relax with stretching or foam rolling.

Not Hydrating

Sweating causes dehydration, thus it's important to rehydrate after exercise. Water or sports drinks replace fluids and electrolytes.

ignoring Post-Workout Diet

Muscle healing requires nutrition. Don't skip meals. To restore muscles, eat a protein-carb breakfast or snack after your workout.


Overeating or Rewarding Yourself

Refueling is vital, but avoid overeating. Overeating might hamper weight reduction or cause pain. Moderation matters.

Sitting or Lying Down

After an exercise, maintain moving or do mild movement to reduce muscle stiffness and improve blood circulation. Stay active after a workout.

No Stretching 

Stretching and foam rolling enhance flexibility, relieve muscular tension, and lessen post-workout soreness. Stretch the primary muscles you worked

Neglecting Sleep

Sleep helps regulate hormones, restore muscles, and maintain health. For post-workout recuperation, have 7-9 hours of decent sleep.

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