There are many ways to ruin a good workout. In fact, the most common ways to do that, are actually mistakes that we all tend to do sometimes, after we finish our workout. You might not know this but it is really important what you do after your workout, because you can easily ruin it all in just a few minutes. So to avoid that, I’m gonna give you a list of the worst things you can do after a workout. Learn them and try to avoid doing them.
Overdo The Cardio
Yes you should do a session of cardio right after your strength training, but you definitely should be very careful. First of all, you should avoid doing cardio after a hard leg workout. Do it for a short 20 minutes but nothing more. Also, your cardio workout shouldn’t be longer than 40 minutes. 30 minute cardio workout is just fine, so don’t try to push it to hard, because you might burn out.
Skip The Stretching
After your strength training you should do a short 20 minutes cardio, and after the cardio you should stretch. Skipping the stretching is a big mistake that we probably all do. We think that it is not important and we accidently or on purpose, forget to do it. I’ve talked many times about the benefits of the stretching and what can happen if you don’t stretch. It takes 5 minutes after your workout, so you can do it.
Fuel Up With Carbs
You should definitely avoid having carbs as an after workout meal. You should eat, but you should fuel up with the right things, and that is proteins. Fueling up with carbs is a bad thing to do after a workout. You don’t need full carbs meal for sure so try avoiding them after your workout.
Waiting To Much To Eat
You should eat right after your workout. You shouldn’t wait longer than one hour. Get a full meal, containing protein, salad and fibers. You can also include some vitamins or a protein shake. Proteins help your muscles to recover after the long workout, so don’t keep your body waiting to much.
Rehydrating With Wrong Drinks
Sport drinks can contain over 300 calories as well as tons of sugar, and you don’t want to fuel up with those kind of drinks. What your muscles need is a lot of water, maybe some protein shake, or a cup of milk or tea, to help your muscles recover faster.