June 21, 2021
Tips for relaxation and recovery post-workout
Nearly 10 million Brits hold gym memberships, and many of us consider exercise to be an integral part of maintaining our mental and physical health. However, physical activity comes with all kinds of risks that can result in serious injury and even permanent damage to our bodies. So, while the benefits of exercise are undeniable, UK gym-goers should be aware of how they can reduce their risk of injury during a workout.
Each activity comes with its own set of risks and popular injuries. For example, injuries are most likely to be caused by a treadmill in gym-based workouts. While at home, workout injuries usually stem from skipping ropes, resistance bands and pull up bars.
Despite nearly 7.2 million people obtaining injuries from exercising in 2020, only a quarter of us sought medical help. If you have experienced an injury that wasn’t your fault, please consult a solicitor for advice.
Post-workout recovery can help to improve your exercise performance and reduce your chance of injury. Your body needs time to heal after a workout to perform optimally in the gym next time. So if you’re struggling to reach your goals and a new personal best, give these post-workout recovery methods a go.
Consume nutritious food and hydrate
Nutritional advice tends to differ for every individual. Allergies, food preferences and goals can alter our nutrition and how much food we consume. However, nutrition, specifically fresh food, is a vital part of post-workout recovery. You could exchange takeout and processed food for nutritious food that will fuel your body for your next workout and beyond.
The human body is made up of around 65% water. During a workout, you will probably lose some fluid, and you need to restore it afterwards. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
You should stretch before and after every workout. For example, try a quick yoga practice before a workout to ease yourself into the exercise mindset. Or follow a cool down guide to allow your heart rate to slow and muscles to relax again. Stretching is, arguably, the best part of working out anyway.
Many athletes use ice to reduce muscle soreness and minimise the chance of injury. Ice forces the muscles to constrict and dilate blood vessels, helping to remove any waste products from your tissues. Ice can also be used for injuries to reduce swelling and pain.
Meditate and rest
Sometimes your body just needs time to recover. You should rest after a hard workout and do a little meditation to rest your mind as well. If you are new to working out, you need to ease yourself and your body into the routine of exercise. Overdoing it can result in injury and no workouts for a much longer period. Ease yourself in with a few workouts a week and consult a professional if you feel any injuries developing.