Top 5 Things You Should Be Doing Post Spin...

Sure, we all know we should be stretching and drinking plenty of water, but we don’t normally make it a priority. The perfect post-gym routine is easier said than done. But how you handle those 30 minutes immediately following a sweat session is just as important as the workout. Would you take the time to stretch if you knew it would help you relax while improving flexibility and speeding muscle recovery? We have 5 top post workout routines you should add into you workout to help you recover for your next class...

IMG_4490_copy1.Cool Down

There is a reason behind why we recommend staying for cool down after class, its only 3 minutes of your time but a proper cool down is just as important as the workout itself. One of the most important functions of the post-exercise cool down is to prevent dizziness. Strenuous exercise causes the blood vessels in your legs to expand, bringing more blood into the legs and feet. When you stop exercising suddenly without taking time to cool down, your heart rate slows abruptly and that blood can pool in your lower body, causing dizziness and even fainting

2. Stretch
Skip those stretches, and you're not only at a greater risk of tearing a muscle, but you're also missing out on some key moves that could help elongate and lengthen your body while your muscles are warm and limber. {Make sure you stretch while your muscles are still warm}

3. Foam Roll

increases blood flow to your muscles and creates better mobility, helping with recovery and improving performance.{Check out our latest post on Proper foam rolling techniques }

4. Drink H2O
The importance of drinking water cannot be emphasized enough. It is especially important to drink water after exercise and physical exertion. When you exercise, you lose water through sweat. "Proper hydration regulates body temperature, flushes toxins out of the body, relieves headaches, helps reduce cavities and tooth decay, gives you healthy skin, protects and cushions vital organs, prevents joint pain and arthritis, and the list goes on." -OUNCE WATER®  

5. Fuel Up 
Make sure you're intaking some kind of protein within one hour after working out. Protein helps to kick off the muscle rebuilding process after they have been throughly fatigued. We tend to lose magnesium as we sweat during a workout. Intaking magnesium rich foods such as dark leafy greens, regular milk, almonds, cashews, sesame seeds, fish (like wild salmon and halibut), and avocado is an important way to replenish and repair your tired body. Magnesium is used in just about everything your body does to effectively exercise and build muscle, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and energy production.


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