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post-workout recovery tips
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Published Tuesday Jun 25, 2019 by Loren Kennedy

4 Tips for Post-Workout Recovery

Fitness
Recovery
Massage
Nutrition

Not sure what to do—or where to go—after your next fitness class? Whether you’re finishing up an intense cycling session or sweatin’ it out on the mat in yoga, here are a few tips for post-workout recovery that will have you feeling rested and ready for another day. 

 

Eat well. 

We all know how crucial diet is when it comes to health and fitness goals. In addition to a regular balanced diet, the food consumed immediately after a workout is essential to achieve desired results. Sometimes knowing the best types of foods and the amount to consume is challenging. Through the MINDBODY app, you can book appointments with nutritionists near you. Nutritionists can provide personalized direction through meal plan design, metabolic testing, and supply you with important macronutrient information. 

 

Stretch it out. 

The benefits of stretching and massage are endless. They are both phenomenal ways to relieve tightness and soreness after a workout. These two practices are essential for beginners as the body is still adapting to the rigors of a regimen. Post-workout, spend at least ten minutes stretching – and getting a massage can even help to decrease pain and improve flexibility. MINDBODY connects you with local massage therapists, where you can book a cost-effective and muscle tension relieving massage. Also, massage is great for stress reduction and overall wellness. 

 

Heat up. 

Heat therapy is an underutilized tool to aid in recovery. Studies show that heat increases circulation and blood flow, which in turn increases the delivery of nutrients around the body. For example, spending time in a sauna or steam bath can help ease joint pain and stiffness, as well as muscle spasms. Adding full-body heat therapy to your workout routine is essential for recovery, so explore the MINDBODY app to book different types of heat therapy sessions.

 

Get some rest (and healing). 

We all have plenty of sources for chronic stress, and the only kind we really need in fitness is acute stress. Acute stress is the kind we create from those phenomenal, heart-pumping kind of workouts. An easy way to reduce chronic stress is by getting a good night’s rest, especially on workout days. Getting seven to eight hours of sleep (sometimes more if you can) gives the body the time it needs properly restore and recover. 


MINDBODY values the importance of total wellness, which is not always limited to physicality. For those stressors that are a little harder to control, the MINDBODY app has a large network of professional coaches and psychologists that can provide everything from meditation to massage
 

Loren Kennedy
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Loren Kennedy
Fitness + Lifestyle Blogger
About the author
Loren Kennedy is a professional content creator with a passion for fitness and wellness. Living in the Lower East Side of New York City, he shares an apartment with his roommate Austin and dog, Sherman.