My Post-Workout Routine

Once I'm done working out, especially after something intense, the first thing I want to do is drink gallons of water and take a nap on the gym floor.

Except you shouldn't do that because:
1. You're not done yet.
2. The gym floor is gross.

The good news is, you can drink all of the water you want.

In order to not hurt myself, and help my muscles recover the fastest, there are a few things that I like to do after working out.

1. Stretch
Stretching is so important for so many different reasons. Since your muscles are really warm, stretching right after working out will be easier and help improve flexibility. It also helps prevent your muscles from getting too tight after working out. I also make sure to focus on any muscles that I've worked extra hard--so if I went running that day, I'm going to really focus on stretching my legs.

2. Foam roll
I don't do this as often as I should, but this is really good to do before stretching. I like to use a foam roller on days when I'm really sore. It helps you get a deeper stretch in your muscles, which will help them feel better faster. (Do this before stretching, though!)

3. Rehydrate
Your body loses a lot of water through sweat. It's really important to drink water to make up for what you've lost in order to prevent yourself from getting dehydrated and allow your muscles to recover.

4. Eat the right foods
Don't go out and order a pizza right after working out (I did this yesterday--oops). Make sure to eat something healthy that is high in protein. Sometimes if I'm in a hurry I'll make a protein shake, but I honestly prefer to just get it through real food.

5. Rest
Most importantly, don't forget to rest! In order for your body to recover, you need to give it time. Always incorporate rest days into your workout schedule and never work the same muscle groups multiple days in a row.

6. Take a bath
Warm baths help sooth sore muscles (plus they're an excuse to use bath bombs from Lush).

What are some of your tips for recovering post-workout?

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