After finishing a long, hard workout, the first thing you want to do lay down and take a nap, am I right? After all, you deserve it for how hard you just worked your body. Plus, your body is going to need the rest. Well, unfortunately there are a few things you have to do before you can put your feet up and take a load off. From now on, after exercising, always make sure you’re doing these things, especially for hygiene’s and health’s sake.
1. Change Your Clothes Right Away
I know it’s tempting to stay in those really comfy clothes all day long after tiring yourself out from a workout, but it’s really not good hygienically. With all the sweat and moisture you produced during your workout, it’s a breeding ground for bacteria which can cause acne as well as yeast infections. Also, no one wants to be around someone that smells like sweat, so do yourself and others a favor and put on some fresh, clean clothes. If you can, take a shower, if not some clean clothes will do until you can shower.
2. Use A Towel To Wipe Your Sweat
If you work out at a gym, there is a lot of bacteria crawling all over that place. Other people’s sweat is on everything. That means it’s on your hands and if you wipe your face with your hands, it’s now all over your face, creating the perfect equation for acne and pimples. Instead of wiping your sweat off your face with your hands after you workout, make sure to use a towel. It’s a much cleaner option for your face.
3. Wash Your Face
If you don’t have time to shower right away after a workout, at least wash your face. With all that sweat on your face, bacteria can clog up in your pores and cause unwanted pimples. Wash your face as soon as possible to get out all that bacteria and make sure your face is clean.
4. Drink Water
Your body sweats while working out to cool yourself down. That means you’re losing water the whole time you’re working out. It’s important to replenish any lost fluids so you don’t get dehydrated or dizzy. If your workout was really intsense and long, you can also try drinking a sports drink, but water should be just fine for most workouts.
5. Clean Your Yoga Mat
Ever notice how towels that are left wet and not properly hung up to dry, start to smell like mildew? That’s because they’re not able to properly air out, therefore creating yucky bacteria. The same goes for your yoga mat! After sweating on your yoga mat, one of the worst things you can do is roll it up and put it in the closet for bacteria to grow. Before rolling it up and putting it away, at least wipe it down and let it dry. You don’t need to give it a deep scrub every time you use it, just be sure it gets a good wipe and has time to air out.
6. Eat Within 30-60 Minutes
Your body is going to need energy after you workout, so it’s important to replenish it with some food. That doesn’t men you necessarily need to eat a full meal, but do eat some sort of snack that has lots of protein to help your muscles recover and some carbs to give you the energy you need. It can be as simple as a protein shake, or a piece of toast with some peanut butter on it.
Since you were an age capable of working out, you’ve probably heard how important it is to stretch after a workout. That’s because it’s very important for your muscles to have this recovery time. Even if you feel your workout wasn’t intense enough to need to stretch, you’ll still want to. Not stretching will only cause post workout soreness. Plus, stretched muscles are less prone to injury. Be sure to hold your stretches, instead of bouncing and push it until you feel a good stretch, not until you feel pain.