3. Hydration is Key
As you are working out, the sweat is the body’s way of trying to keep cool. If you are not replenishing those fluids after the workout, then you will certainly become dehydrated. Although drinking after you exercise is common sense and common knowledge, many people are not replenishing the system with enough to gain all the benefits of that workout. Even if you sweat out only 2% of your body weight when exercising, you are already having a negative impact on the body. The heart has to work much harder during the workout to maintain your goals, and not getting enough nourishment after the workout will be costly. Properly hydrating the body will not only improve your heart health, it regulates the body temperature and lubricates all those joints. If you are thirsty after a workout, that is a delayed indicator that you are already in the dehydrated state. Add some vegetables to your water like a cucumber to get those added nutrients to the parts of the body that need it most.
4. Rolling the Body
If you have not heard about rolling, now is the time to familiarize yourself with the technique. According to Jordan D. Metzl, MD, from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, rolling and stretching the muscles is essential after your workout. Placing a foam roller on the ground and basically rolling the body around while lying on top of it has huge positive benefits. This technique increases blood circulation, improves flexibility, and breaks up knots in soft tissue. The foam roller is more effective than stretching alone because it affects the fascia connection, enabling a deeper stretch. By reducing the knots in the tissue, you feel rejuvenated after your workout and feel less pain. Once you try you will be hooked, and it does amazing things for your recovery times. It might seem a little unorthodox at first, but once you try it a few times you will simply marvel at the difference in how your body feels and then recovers.