Your mind and body need a good rest after exercising to facilitate their recovery and get you to feel like new once the training is over. Relaxing after the gym is important for your whole body to return, little by little, to its normal state, but do you know what to do to achieve it?
Going from that situation of maximum effort to the resting state is not always easy and the coaches agree on the importance of doing it in the right way, in order to take advantage of all the benefits that working out implies. For example, taking a few minutes to relax after training will help you to fall asleep easier even if you have done an intense routine at the end of the day.
One of the important tricks to get off to a good start of the period of relaxation after exercise is always to end intense physical activity progressively, never "suddenly". Reduce the level of effort in the last minutes of your training, this way you will warn your body that it should be lowering the degree of muscle tension.
Also, put into practice some of these 5 tips to help you relax after working out.
Regardless of the exercise routine you perform, ending the session with a series of stretches is essential to promote the gradual and smooth elongation of the muscles that have worked the hardest. Stretching is also highly recommended before your workout session.
2. Shower or bath
Getting in touch with water is always an excellent remedy to get relaxed after working out. The way you enjoy water depends on your preferences and the exercise you have done. In this sense, it can be as effective to immerse yourself in a great bath of warm water as trying a toning contrast shower (starting with warm water and gradually turning it into cold water). In both cases, you will notice the relaxing effect of the water, perfect for recovery after training.
3. Food and hydration
What you eat or/and drink after the session makes a huge difference when it comes to achieving optimal relaxation. Hydration is basic after working out and drinking water is not the only way to go; juices, fruit or smoothies will give you vitamins and minerals that will make you feel much better after the gym.
Very few things are more relaxing than a good massage. It eliminates the tension accumulated in any area of your body, it relieves the feeling of tiredness in your legs, it helps with discomfort in your neck, it's great for back pain or an uncomfortable contracture, and many other benefits. A good sweetish or deep tissue massage may be the best way to relax after your routine in the gym.
5. Meditation / yoga
There are many athletes who combine their gym training with the yoga or meditation. The postures and leisurely movements of yoga and the deep breathing techniques of meditation, make these practices a perfect way for achieving relaxation. Taking a nice little walk while breathing slowly and deeply can also be an excellent remedy to achieve your goal.
We hope you include at least one of these methods at the end of your workout. You will feel amazing and ready to go back the next day!
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