Lifestyle Rebel Tips to Consider!
I felt the need to write about this as my pre and post workout game needs improving starting now!
Lets get clued up here: what you do before and after your workout has a huge impact on the effectiveness of your session and prevents any injuries. It will also improve your recovery levels and allow you to train more frequently.
So without dragging this along – here are the 5 Lifestyle Rebel tips to maximise your workouts.
1. Cool Down
I am really guilty of this and I must finish my workouts earlier to leave time for it. If your like me and rush out after finishing your last set, your heart rate is effected with the rapid change of pace. A good workout will bring your heart rate up, so you should at least do a few minutes of light exercise to bring it down.
i would recommend that your cool down exercise targets that specific area of the body. For example if you just hit a leg session, a bike ride after would hit the spot.
FOAM ROLLER!! It enhances blood flow and circulation and eases those tough knots we get sometimes in our muscle tissue. My god I don’t know what I would do without my foam roller – check out this earlier post – (click here) fI go deep here with equipment needed! You will thank me when your pain free.
Stretch – Stretch and stretch again after your workout! If you don’t stretch, your muscles will take a long time to recover and that stiff, aching feeling you get when you wake up will be a lot worse.
So once you have finished training – hold the position when you stretch, really feel it working. Try to aim for up to 10 minutes of flexibility training after every workout. Just as I said earlier about the cool down exercises, you should be able to see bigger gains in the long run.
Again I am guilty of not taking the time to stretch post workout, I am very consistent when it comes to warming up but I tend to rush out once I finished.
Its just like smoking – nobody gives a damn at the start but in the long run, it will do the damage. So STRETCH god damn it !!!
Hydrating is key as it regulates body temperature and lubricates the joints. It’s important you drink water between your sets, as you sweat and lose fluid it has to be replenished.
So you guys are smart we all know its important to drink water during your workout. But I also realised that Chocolate Milk is one of the best post – workout drinks you can get, trust me check this out 5. Protein Gains
Despite what most people say, it isn’t “the gains or NOGAINS window” following your workout. The amount of protein you consume often comes down to your daily intake. In this period, you’re looking to consume a good amount of protein, and of course different bodyweights means I cant give exact numbers here. It depends on your training program and body size. So the famous ‘Anabolic window’ – can range from 24-36 hrs post-workout. So don’t be too hard on yourself if you cant get some protein in you immediately after working out – that’s for you newbies who might be unsure!
Thats it from me and as always – #livebetter