Congrats, you’ve just killed your workout! Several squats, deadlifts, and push-ups later, you’re drenched in sweat, beat to all hell.. The real question is.. Now what?
You’re only as good as what you can recover from, and that recovery begins IMMEDIATELY post-workout. Here’s a few steps you can take to ensure you’re properly treating your body for maximal results and recovery post-workout!
Deep breathing, yoga, meditation, or simply walking
This will help switch your body into a “rest and digest” state, instead of the “fight or flight” mode it’s been in during your workout. This will enable the proper recovery mechanisms to begin and help your body relax from the stressful state brought along by an intense workout.
Magnesium is used in many of the body’s processes to effectively exercise and build muscle, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and energy production. It also aids in reaching the parasympathetic state of the nervous system (the “rest and digest” discussed earlier). I typically take anywhere from 200-400mg of Magnesium Glycinate post-workout.
Carbohydrate and Protein rich meal
Carbohydrates help your body restore the glycogen used during exercise. It’s critical that the glycogen is restored, as it is used as a primary fuel source during exercise. Insulin secretion is significantly better when carbohydrates are consumed with protein, which is also needed to begin protein synthesis, the rebuilding from your workout.
These three things are a great foundation to maximizing recovery and properly enabling your body to build lean tissue immediately after a workout.