Avoiding Common Post-Workout Blunders
If you're looking to lose weight, getting regular workouts is key to your success. But what you do in the hours following your workout matter, too. In fact, certain common mistakes can not only hinder your weight loss progress, but can actually cause you to pack on extra pounds. Metabolic Research Center offers tips for avoiding four common post-workout blunders.
- Remember tocool-down and stretch: Skipping the cool-down and stretch portion of your workout may seem like no big deal, especially if it means you can squeeze in a few more minutes with the weights or on the machines. Not so, experts say. Cooling down and stretching helps your body safely return to its pre-workout state, including a normal resting heart rate and breathing rate. It also promotes flexibility and decreases muscle soreness. Skipping the cool-down and stretch can lead to an injury that can bench your workout routine for weeks, delaying your weight loss progress. It's well worth the five extra minutes to complete.
- Enjoy a post-workout meal: After an exercise session, your body needs protein to help repair and rebuild muscle tissue. Whey protein is a particularly good choice. Studies show it helps to improve muscle mass and increase fat loss. Enjoy a small, high-protein meal 15 to 45 minutes after your workout.
- Record your progress: If reaching your weight loss goals is taking longer than you hoped or expected, it can prove disheartening. For many, this is all it takes to completely discourage their efforts. It's important to remember that sustainable weight loss results happen gradually, and having visible, written reminders of your progress can help keep you encouraged, motivated and on track. Set small, weekly or monthly goals, keep track of your progress and celebrate when you hit those goals.
- Celebrate wisely: As you reach each of your weight loss goals, it's time to celebrate - but wisely so. Rewarding yourself with a high-calorie cocktail or dessert can effectively undo your progress. Instead, choose a non-food reward such as a relaxing pedicure, a new outfit or a day out with your best pals.
For more exercise and nutrition tips designed to help you shed extra weight and keep it off, call 800-501-8090 and schedule a consultation with a weight loss specialist at your nearest Metabolic Research Center.
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