Last Updated on October 2, 2022 by Andrew Pirie
How to Relax After a Workout
When it comes to motivation, athletes often think of ways to achieve specific goals, yet giving the mind and body time to unwind and relax – is a key pillar of motivation. So, in addition to sleeping for eight to 10 hours per night, athletes should also find effective ways to relax after their workout.
The following are just a few proactive activities they can undertake.
Refueling with Nutritious Proteins and Carbohydrates
After an athletics workout, quality proteins and carbohydrates can help you build energy/replenish glycogen levels and promote muscle healing. Good choices include lean chicken or fish, eggs, pasta, fruit and peanut butter, and burritos made with quality ingredients. Hydration is also important, so make sure to drink plenty of water after making a big effort in the gym or on the track.
Holistic Activities Have a Powerful Effect on Stress
“Too much stress, or bad stress, can cause performance anxiety, which hurts your health and does not allow you to play relaxed, confident, and focused in competition,” state academics from The Micheli Center, highlighting the importance of embracing stress-busting techniques.
Holistic activities such as yoga, mindfulness meditation, and Tai Chi have been found in numerous studies to lower the stress hormone cortisol effectively.
So has pranayamic (or controlled) breathing, which involves taking in large breaths slowly and taking various seconds to exhale.
Various apps can guide you through both breathing and meditation exercises. Three popular apps you might like to download are Calm, Headspace, and Breathe.
Creating a Calming Space at Home
Home interiors strongly influence one’s ability to relax. Studies show that some colors – for instance, red or dark orange, energize, while other colors – including blue, lavender, and green – calm the senses. Natural materials such as bamboo and wood also have a calming effect, as do plants and greenery.
If you have a terrace or outdoor space, tying a hammock securely to two trees (or to hammock suspension clips indoors) can be very inviting after a workout.
Classic hammocks are easy to pack and carry around with you if you are traveling for competition. At home, meanwhile, a double spreader bar hammock (which is extra wide) is a good choice for longer naps. In addition, calming music can help create a positive ambiance at home, as can an essential oil diffuser with therapeutic-grade relaxing oils such as lavender.
Ways to Relax After a Workout: Relaxing at Home with Warm Bath
Soak in a hot Epsom salt bath after a hard workout to help you soothe tired muscles. The warm water aids muscle and joint recovery by helping the body eliminate the build-up of inflammatory and dead cells. If you prefer showers, then take advantage of the ability to switch from cold to hot, starting with cold water (to decrease inflammation of tendons, muscles, and joints) and ending with a hot shower.
Relaxation after a workout is important to soothe tired muscles and nip stress in the bud. There are many options for de-stressing after a workout – including holistic activities, enjoying a healthy snack, and taking a warm bath or recovery shower. Home design is also important since an attractive ambiance can aid the body and mind to feel truly relaxed and renovated.
Ways to Relax After a Workout
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