The 60 minutes right after your workout is powerful.
How do you spend it?
With a quick stretch and head home?
A quick stretch, run errands?
"During these 60 minutes metabolism, muscles, hormones and brain are functioning in a way that makes them extremely receptive to certain information and stimuli" Jennifer Baima M.D., clinical instructor at Harvard.
Take this time to make your workout a true success.
1. Muscles immediately need to replenish stores of energy that were used up. Trust me, you can't stop this process...if you don't fuel your body, your body will take it from your current muscle. It's best to eat a 3:1 ratio of carbs to protein.
Chocolate milk is perfect. An apple with a bit of peanut butter or a bagel.
At this time your body is primed to absorb glucose from the meal and store it as fuel instead of fat. It also prevents over indulging later!
2. Use this magical window to work on flexibility. Muscles are warm with extra blood flow and more receptive to gaining range of motion (ROM) and will help move lactic acid through the body and leave you with less soreness.
3. You're also experiencing a rush of endorphins and serotonin which provides an ideal time to tackle important decisions. You're very aware during these 60 minutes.
The proof is in the pudding! Try it out and honor your hard work by giving your body what it needs 😃