After Workout Regimen: 5 Things You Must Do Post-Workout

Having a post-workout self-care routine can maximize the results of your exercise, improve recovery, and make you feel good about yourself.

Here are five habits you should be incorporating into your after-workout regimen.

1.     Get out of your damp clothes

Remove all your sweaty workout gear right after your exercise. Damp clothing invites bacterial growth. Not to mention, tight clothing can trap oil and dead skin, which can lead to post-workout acne.

So, after every workout, take off your gym clothes and hit the shower.

2.     Enjoy a cool shower

If you’re working out at the gym, don’t wait until you get home to cleanse your body of sweat, oil, and germs. Rinse off with a deep-cleansing body wash.

Washing your hair after your workout is important, especially if you’re acne-prone. To revive your sweaty and greasy post-workout hair, cleanse with a shampoo made for oily hair. It will make your hair feel soft and silky after every wash.

You can use dry shampoo if your hair isn’t drenched with sweat after your workout. As its name suggests, it’s intended for dry hair, so make sure never to use it on damp locks. If you do, it will leave a visible cakey residue.

3.     Don’t over-exfoliate your skin

A lot of people tend to over-exfoliate after working out. Unfortunately, this can make your skin look dry and dehydrated. Sometimes, it even leads to eczema. It also aggravates existing acne.

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Instead of using harsh facial scrubs, you can use a gentle facial cleanser to get rid of sweat and dirt. You can refresh your skin by applying a serum. These steps can prevent post-workout acne and will give you a healthy glow.

4.     Refuel and rehydrate

Keep your body nourished and hydrated after every workout. The longer and more intense your workout, the more you need to replenish your body with protein and carbs.

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Protein can help repair and rebuild muscle fibers, while carbs can keep you energized. You should eat high-quality protein sources such as meat, eggs, soy, milk, or protein shakes. Prioritize protein, then add carbs to your post-workout fix based on your caloric budget.

Don’t blow your calorie budget on fatty foods. They don’t aid in the recovery process, and they slow down your body’s absorption of much-needed protein and carbs.

5.     Reapply your sunscreen

If you’re working during the day, don’t forget to reapply sunscreen after you’ve cleansed, moisturized, and treated your skin. Make sure you keep it protected from the harsh rays of the sun and the damaging effects of indoor lighting.

Applying sunscreen every day can slow skin aging, keeping your face free from spots, fine lines, and wrinkles.

A post-workout regimen can help you feel good inside and out. Practicing these simple self-care habits can help you reconnect with your authentic self, especially amid such trying times. It also makes it easier for you to commit to your fitness plan. Be consistent and maintain your post-workout regimen, and you’ll feel even better after each training session.