The Do’s and Don'ts of Post-Workout Recovery

by Jessica Moreida

Cardio is an essential part of maintaining, improving and challenging one’s body. When the body is not properly replenished, you may feel lethargic or tired for the rest of the day. This has often led people to believe this is unavoidable when exercising. It can lead people to have negative thoughts about the process, believing it will cause them to be slow and unenergetic the remainder of the day. However, when your body is properly rejuvenated, you can operate at your highest efficiency again after working out. Check out the do’s and don’ts of post-workout recovery to help you understand and maintain your energy and motivation to get through the day, even after your toughest workouts!

The Don’ts 

  1. Don’t eat a ton of protein to replenish yourself. Protein intake should be spaced out throughout the day. Not to mention, eating too quickly right after a workout can lead to cramping or nausea. 

  2. Don’t replenish your body with refined sugar or spicy foods. Too much sugar contradicts your entire workout and can make your blood sugar levels spike. Spicy foods can cause digestive issues if they are consumed after working out. 

  3. Don’t avoid eating and replenishing your body. It is important to refuel your body properly. You don’t have to feel sluggish the rest of the day!

  4. Don’t drink coffee right after! After working out it is probable that you are dehydrated and need to drink a ton of water! Coffee can further dehydrate you, making the recovery process more grueling. 

The Do’s 

  1. Do give your body complex carbohydrates, fats and protein that enable you to properly replenish your energy levels. This can include: cottage cheese and high fiber fruit, an omelet and sweet potato, grilled chicken and roasted vegetables, and more.

  2. Do drink coconut water. It is known to help hydrate faster than water and is full of electrolytes and nutrients. 

  3. Do try recoup! Recoup is only 60 calories and has the proper carbohydrate and ginger content to properly bring your body back to equilibrium. The two teaspoons of pressed organic ginger are especially helpful with muscle recovery.

  4. Do listen to your body! If you are feeling hungry, dehydrated or nauseous don’t ignore it! Eating or drinking after your workout does NOT have to cancel it out. It is essential so you can continue functioning throughout your day!

  5. Do stretch and take the time to cool down! If you jump from a full on workout to your next activity, you are sure to be wiped or low functioning later! Stretching can help aid the blood flow to your muscles and heal and prevent future pain.