Five Post-Workout Mistakes You Should Avoid

Posted: October 29, 2011 by jerkmag in CRISP -- health
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You just upped your workout at the gym, and you’re feeling pretty good about yourself. By running an extra mile on the treadmill or spending 10 more minutes on the elliptical, you clearly burned more calories than usual. So, you decide to indulge a little. But while the occasional cake pop with your Starbucks coffee as a reward for being sweaty is fine in moderation, making a habit of constantly rewarding yourself after a workout could undo any positive effects of staying at the gym longer.

Losing weight or maintaining your current weight is no small feat. (Trust me, I lost 60 pounds during my junior year of college, and keeping it off is a daily struggle). And as tempting as it may be to give yourself a reward for a good workout, you could end up putting the lost pounds back on.

According to fitsugar.com, a blog dedicated to anything and everything a woman could possibly care about, there are five things you shouldn’t do after a workout.

  1. Down a sports drink: Sure, it’s tempting to reach for a Gatorade after a long workout, but unless you’re doing an extremely intense cardio and weightlifting regimen, there’s no need to refuel your lost electrolytes. So, skip the sugary drink and gulp some water instead.
  2. Skip a refueling snack: Eating a healthy snack or meal within two hours of a work out is necessary to build muscle. (Don’t think you want to build muscle? Think again. The more muscle you have on your body, the more calories you burn daily. I’m not saying you have to bulk up; toning is sufficient.)
  3. Overindulging: We’ve already been over this. Don’t go for a five-mile run and follow it with a Humdinger at Varsity.
  4. Unhealthy late-night snacking: Although snacking on junk food during a late-night study session certainly makes reviewing boring material more fun, it can be detrimental to a healthy weight. Opt for a healthy snack like Greek yogurt or an apple with peanut butter instead.
  5. Not getting a good night’s rest: Eating and working out aren’t the only keys to a healthy lifestyle; getting enough sleep is also necessary. Not only will enough rest prepare you for the next day’s workout, but growth hormones produced by your body at night will also aid your muscles in repair.

Don’t undo all of your hard work at the gym.  Working out can really suck sometimes, and treating yourself afterward may seem like a cure-all, but resist the temptation. Because nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.

-Amber Brenza

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Comments
  1. Donna says:

    i knew you were talented. This is great info with clear, crisp, AMUSING, real writing!

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