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Hello you lovely peeps how are you doing today?
Summer is almost here and we all are getting more serious about shedding those extra pounds. I love exercising and a good workout definitely leaves you more positive and refreshed. But did you know post workout routine is as important as the actual workout. Today I am sharing 5 easy post workout recovery tips that has helped me to stick to my workout regime and exercise on regular basis. Whether I am working out at a gym, outdoor or just doing exercise routines at home ,these steps actually help me look forward to the next workout routine .
1.Stretch and cool down
Exercise doesn’t stop at your last rep . Stretching and cooling down after a workout is very important too. It is essential to calm down those worked up muscles to avoid fatigue and soreness later . Cooling down also gets your heart rate down to pre exercise level .
I would suggest you to at least devote 5 -10 minutes for cool down followed by stretching.
2. Refuel yourself in a smarter way
You need water to rehydrate but after an intense workout you need protein too. Protein is the key to re build stronger & leaner muscles. I feel so hungry after my workout as if I have lost all the energy in this world . So after a couple sips of water I reach out my bag and grab a bottle of Odwalla smoothie. An effortlessly delicious way to refuel my body and get my necessary protein intake on the go.
Odwalla smoothies are 100% juice and comes with no added sugar*. It is also Non GMO verified .
I love that there are so many varieties to choose from . My personal favorite being the mango and strawberry protein smoothie.
Odwalla mango smoothie is VEGAN and comes with 19 grams of Protein.
The packaging is very impressive as you can see what’s inside in just one glance.
We also love gorging on some fresh fruits post workout .To make life easier I stock up on these fresh cut fruit bowls whenever I go for my grocery shopping at Safeway. It comes in these easy convenient packs that I can enjoy anytime especially post workout .
On brighter days my husband and I love doing activities outdoors like hiking or biking. We simply pack our favorite Odwalla smoothies and fresh cut fruits to enjoy them on the go.
You will find a wide variety of Odwalla 100% juices and smoothies, protein and almondmilk shakes in your local Safeway near produce aisle .
You even have the chance to save $1 on your next purchase of in-store fresh cut fruit when you buy any TWO (2) Odwalla 15.2 fl. oz. (You’ll receive a print out coupon at the register.). Offer ends 6/27/17.
Nothing like a hot shower after your workout. It is simple hygiene . After the first two steps mentioned you have to freshen up. It is good for you as well as people around you. You sweat a lot during workout and the trapped moisture will encourage growth of bacteria . So just take a quick shower and slip into new clothes . You will instantly feel fresh!
4.Track your progress
With all the hard work you are putting into maintaining a healthier body , it is very important to track progress of the same .
You may do this with traditional methods like maintaining a diary about food and exercise or go the easier way by adding details to fitness and diet apps. There are so many fitness apps available on your smart phone to track your food , workout and help you stick to your goals. You may invest in devices like Fitbit for the same.
Tracking your progress will help you make healthier choices and modify your routine as you progress to achieve your health goals effectively.
5.Finding your “ZEN” moment.
A cool and calm mind is as important as a calm body. On the way back home from the gym I play some soothing music to calm down my nerves. Music therapy is indeed magical and fills you with lot of positive attitude. You may buy some cd’s or download free music online. I love creating a playlist on YouTube for the same. You may choose from variety of videos available for relaxation, stress relief, positive energy . I simply connect my phone to the car audio AUX. If you are walking back home , just put on your headphones and enjoy the relaxing tunes to sooth your mind and soul! Believe me it sure makes a difference!
Hope you find these tips worthwhile. Do you have an essential post workout recovery tip? Please share your suggestions below in the comments.