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Hello Sassy Peeps!
I simply love a good workout! I always feel nice and refreshed afterwards. Although I have to admit, until recently, I always thought you go to the gym, work out and go home. Sorry no! Fitness is so much more than that!
This is why I have started taking essential post workout steps that not only help me to get the weight off, but keep it off the healthy and smart way. Keep reading to see what they are!
Although this is not one of my faves, I have learned that stretching is an essential part of your everyday work out, and it should be done before and post your fitness routine. Many trainers advise that you go right from the cool-down phase into stretching. If you are anything like me, once you get to the gym you just want to jump into cardio or weights without stretching. Take it from a chronic non-stretcher that not stretching is offensive to all workout gurus. Stretching helps you build flexibility and mobility, which is very important for not only your workouts, but your everyday life.
Rehydration – Drink water
While growing up my mom would tell my brother and I to drink water everyday. She said it so much I think we were both traumatized. LOL! I always got so annoyed when I’d ask for a sip of Sprite and she would say, “No bae, but you can have a glass of water if you are thirsty.” During that time I swore she was missing the point. Which was, I didn’t want water! I wanted that sweet delicious clear liquid in the green bottle. #Hello!
Now let’s fast forward this thing a bit. I am sooo grateful that she made it a point to push my brother and I toward water and away from the clear liquid in the green bottle. 🙂 She knew that drinking water is not only really good for us, but is part of a healthy lifestyle and helps the body stay hydrated.
One brand that I really love is Nestlé® Pure Life®. The name Nestle Pure Life totally represents their brand, because it is pure, great-tasting and totally gives me life after a great workout.
Since I workout 3 to 4 times a week, I always make sure I am well stocked with a 35 pack. It is literally the first thing I reach for after I am done. Why? Well, because I love the taste and rehydration may be the most important element of any post-workout routine. Additionally, the consumer (you and I) receives a great value by getting 3 more bottles for the same price as the old 32 pack!
This works for me, because If you know me you know I love a deal, getting the 3 extra bottles at the same price makes me happy. Although there is one other thing to get excited about as well. I just found out that Pure Life is re-launching in mid-May and will have new packaging. I am so looking forward to seeing their refreshed packaging. It should be great!
Just an fyi….Before you head to your computer to order the 35 pack, it is only available in stores. The 24-pack is available for purchase online ONLY. Which I totally don’t mind, because it just gives me an excuse to head over to Walmart and buy other needed and not so needed products. 🙂
Power of Protein
After an intense workout, you not only need to rehydrate with delicious and thirst quenching water, such as pure life, but you also need sustenance. Yep, you guessed it…your body needs protein. I personally love a delicious protein shake. They are not only delicious, but they help to kick-off the muscle rebuilding process. If you are not into shakes, you can try foods like low-fat cottage cheese, chicken, greek yogurt etc. etc.
Tracking my progress is a great way for me to stay on top of my fitness routine and diet regimen. I have noticed that taking this extra step makes me more accountable. It also let’s me know where and when I need to make adjustments.
The key is to just make sure you are improving and what better way to do that then to track your progress. I know it can be a bummer sometimes, but it will definitely pay off in the long run.
The awesome thing is that there are tons of apps for smartphones, as well as devices like FitBit, the Apple Watch, and other smart watches that can make things much easier….And hey, if you prefer to do it the old school way and use pen and paper, more power to you. This is your journey so it’s all about you and your level of comfort.
Shower and Change
After a major workout, a nice hot shower is EVERYTHING. It is not only proper hygiene, but it makes you feel really good. To add the icing on the cake, throw on something really comfy and cute and go about your day! Trust me when I say you will not only feel fab, but you will smell fab as well!
Relax – Have a Zen Moment
After I shower I love to relax by lighting a scented candle and listening to my favorite playlist. I know, I know! Sometimes that is just not possible, but when life gives you those special moments, don’t question them, just enjoy!
Pat Yourself on the Back
Take it from a person who is always really hard on herself. Make sure you give yourself a pat on the back after every workout. TRUST and believe getting to the gym 3 to 4 times a week is nothing to be taken lightly. If you feel like you could be or should be doing more, and you are getting their consistently you are doing GREAT! Even when you FALL OFF…as we all do, just know that you are not alone! I am probably the poster child for falling off by heading to Walmart to grab those 4 packs of cupcakes with the extra frosting. Yep! You know the ones! LOL!
However, it is important that once you fall you get back up. My suggestion is when and if you do, try to get back up and brush your shoulders off sooner than later. If it takes you three days the first time, try to make it two the next. One time I fell so hard it took me a month and 2 days to get back on track. I was totally embarrassed, but I knew it was something that I needed to do for myself and walked right back in the gym with my head held high and fell right back into my normal routine.
So Sassy Peeps! What essential things do you do post workout? Do you ensure you stretch and hydrate? Inquiring minds would like to know!
Have A Happy Healthy, and Remember to Always…