My biggest post-workout rule is to eat. If you go without fuel after exercise, then the effects can be adverse to what you set out to achieve- even if that was weight loss! It’s really important to get some kind of food into your system and I always opt for a protein rich option. However, that’s sometimes easier said than done.
I live a 45 minute commute away from my gym, meaning that by the time I get home and have a chance to cook I’m one, absolutely starving and two, my body has decided to start burning my muscle. Booo! So it’s really important that I snack straight after my workout to put me on until I can get to a proper meal. I set out to find the perfect snack for after my gym session and came across edamame.
Edamame is a healthy snack packed with protein, meaning that it’s perfect for your post-workout fix or mid-afternoon office lull! There’s around 11g of protein per 100g of edamame, which is more than what some protein products offer, without all of the other added ingredients. It’s a great source of many minerals and is low in fat and sugar. Oh and it tastes pretty nice too! Give them a try and let me know what you think! x
Most people think that static-stretching is a pre-workout activity. That it’s there to lessen soreness and prevent injury. But this is in fact wrong- it does neither. In fact, this kind of stretching before exercise can actually decrease performance, making legs stiffen or become heavy mid-workout. Instead, try a 5 minute jog or motion stretches (think high knees or butt-kicks) to start! Repeat at the end of your session to cool down and then it’s time for the static stretches! Strength and conditioning specialist Matt Mosman, recommends around 10 minutes of stretching at the end of your session.
As stretching should always be carried out when warm, it’s also really great to stretch when you get out of the shower on a morning. I know what you’re all thinking; who has time for that?! But it only takes a few minutes and can make a huge difference to your day! It can lead to fewer aches and pains, as well as releasing mental tension (mentally preparing you to take on that big meeting you were dreading) and can even improve posture! So start your day the right way…and stretch! xx