Or is it?
Don’t be so quick to assume so. The real work comes right after the gym as now you must tend to your recovery. If you aren’t taking steps to ensure an optimal recovery after each workout you do, it’ll be longer before you can hit the gym again for the next workout ahead.
Not to mention you’ll suffer from higher rates of fatigue post-workout and muscle soreness.
Here are four great tips to jump-start your recovery and promote a faster recovery.
Post Workout Eats
Immediately post-workout, it’s time to fuel up. Aim to take in at least 25 grams of protein and 25 grams of carbs. This will kick-start the muscular repair process, allowing you to build back stronger, faster.
Foam rolling is another excellent recovery technique to incorporate into your routine. This will help to work out any tense muscle tissues or knots you’re experiencing, reducing post-workout pain significantly.
It’ll feel tense and tight as you do it, but keep at it and you’ll soon feel better than ever.
Take 10 minutes after your workout and do some light stretching exercises. This will go a long way towards loosing up your tissues and reducing how much discomfort you feel the next morning as well.
Finally, last but not least, don’t forget your beauty sleep. Sleep is prime time as far as recovery goes, so if you’re skipping over this, you’re missing out.
Devote at least 8 hours of time in your bed each evening and you’ll wake up feeling great and ready to face the day.
So don’t overlook the importance of good recovery any longer. For optimal workout success, it’s a must.