If you are forgetting these 5 things then you may be shooting yourself in the foot. These 5 fitness tips have the ability to improve your stamina, increase the your recovery rate, and give you better definition with less aches and pains. Make sure they are added to your workout routine.
1.) STRETCH – I know you’ve heard this before but stretching really IS THAT important. Stretching helps to reduce muscle tension, joint tension, and shuttle out the lactic acid that may sit in your muscles and make you sore, weak, and tired. If you’re set on staying on a consistent routine and getting results, stretching helps to keep your body a well oiled machine.
2.) Hydrate – Sure, you drink a gallon while you worked out, but chances are it’s already been used to flush toxins out of your system. KEEP drinking your water after your workout. Dehydration is one of the biggest contributes to decreased energy and stamina. If you feel as though you aren’t bouncing back after your workout, then you may be overly depleted. I use a water with extra electrolytes (Smart Water) to make sure I’m not low.
3.) Foam Roll – You’ve seen the foam rollers. You many have even rolled around on the floor once or twice, but do you know what they can actually do for your body??? Foam rolling decreases muscle tension, relieves the knots in the body that cause inflammation, pain and improper posture. I have seen a crippled up 50 year old woman (due to her 30 years at a desk) who couldn’t walk up the stairs due to “arthritis,” be almost completely healed. Within 2 months of rolling she could sprint up those stairs!
4.) Eat Carbs Within 45 Minutes – If you are weight training then you have the “golden ticket” as I like to call it! The golden ticket allows you to eat carbs within 45 minutes of your workout and not store them as fat!! Lets not go overboard and eat stacks of pancakes but this could definitely work to your advantage. I always tell clients to eat the majority of their carbs before and after their workouts (preferably during the day). Carbohydrates move into the muscle after weight training due to the fact that glycogen in the muscles have been depleted. The carbs restore the glycogen and by pass storing it as fat. Fitness Tip: Try not to go over 50 – 60 carbs after your routine. Your body only needs so much glycogen 😉
5.) Supplement – Rough workout?? It should have been challenging. If it isn’t, then turn it up a few notches and get the results you deserve! When you do, you should add a natural kick to your routine and speed up your recovery time with Brach Chain Amino Acids. I’ve noticed they seem to help me with my energy levels and with my definition. I can workout consistently hard, day after day and I’m less tired. I’m also able to push myself hard everyday without falling into patterns where I’m super sore and unable to keep up my lifting routine. Right now I use and sell the Optimum Nutrition brand BCAA pills. They are a reasonable price for such a huge bottle and they always seem to do the trick!