After a tough workout, we always want to get the best payoff for all of our hard work (cute headbands don’t pick themselves out, after all). It’s surprising to learn, but the moments after you get off a stationary bike can be just as important for your workout as pedaling like a future Olympian. Here’s a list of our Skinnygirl approved tips for the perfect post workout routine.
The Cool Down
When you’ve worked up a sweat, it’s important to cool your body temperature back down and slow your heartbeat. A great way to do that is with a bit of light cardio such as walking on the treadmill for a few minutes. If you’ve got them available, switching between a cold plunge tub and a hot tub can also work wonders on sore muscles. For the rest of us, you can replicate the results in your own shower by switching between hot and cold water.
There’s more to stretching than just catching the eye of that cute guy lifting weights. When you work out, your muscles will contract and tear from the stress. Stretching muscles back out allows them to grow back stronger than ever while also keeping you from getting sore. Feeling better and looking great, what’s not to love?
Just because you brought a water bottle doesn’t mean you aren’t dehydrated. We recommend drinking around 2-3 glasses of water within the first few hours of a workout. After that, it’s good to keep sipping on water for the rest of the day to ensure you stay hydrated. Trust us, a tall glass of H20 is even better than blush for bringing the color back to your cheeks.
After all your hard work, a delicious snack is just what the Skinnygirl ordered. One of our favorite post-workout meals is cut strawberries, and your other favorite fruits dipped in Skinnygirl Mojito Fruit dip. (See recipe below.) This tasty treat is the perfect way to give your body the energy it needs after exercise. It just goes to show, the best rewards are also the best for you.
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