Your Body On Post-Workout Recovery | Inverse

Your Body On Post-Workout Recovery | Inverse

Today I’m gonna walk you through how to properly recover after a workout and the science behind it. (exhales) I’m Jenna Willis, and this is Your Body On:
Post-Workout Recovery. First step, you gotta cool down. When you exercise, your
body temperature rises and your blood vessels get wider, which allow more blood flow and oxygen to those muscles that
you have working so hard. A few minutes of cooling
down allows your body to get back down to its baseline. So let’s just say you’ve
finished a long run. A few minutes of walking
allows your breathing and heart rate to go back down to normal, your blood vessels to constrict, and your muscles to go back to their optimal length-tension ratios. This prevents you from getting lightheaded and reduces the risk of injury. Next, you gotta stretch it out. When you exercise, a nasty metabolic byproduct
called lactic acid builds up in your muscles,
and stretching gets rid of it. If you don’t stretch, the muscle soreness can
be that much more severe and last that much longer. Remember, focus on the areas of your body that feel tight after you exercise. Take this time to really
get in tune with your body, notice any sort of aches or pains that you might be feeling, because this will really help prevent any further risk of injury. (water pouring) When you exercise, hydration is key and when you work out,
your body loses water, so you want to replenish it to keep your body functioning normally. It is highly recommended to
have eight glasses of water a day if you’re active, although there is no
steadfast or hard rule on how much you should drink. The bottom line is if you’re dehydrated, your body will tell you you’re thirsty, and if you’re thirsty, drink up. Now let’s talk about nutrition. You should try to eat something 30 to 60 minutes after a big workout. Load up on protein and good carbs to help damaged muscle tissue recover and replenish your body’s glycogen, that’s where your body stores energy. Now fresh food is always best, but if you are in a hurry, feel free to grab a protein
bar or a protein shake. Try to avoid snacks that are loaded with sugars or excess calories, but do be sure to find something that has at least 10
to 15 grams of protein. Double check those labels, because one bar could be two servings. (crunch) And lastly, remember to relax, really! Your body needs time to
repair, recover, and heal. And if you do need to
work out the next day, try switching up your routine by using lighter weights or
targeting different muscles to get the most out of every workout. Or you could just relax, because the recovery is as important as the workout, after all. (uplifting music)

6 thoughts on “Your Body On Post-Workout Recovery | Inverse

  1. All sound advice. I walk around the chilly grocery store after I workout to cool down. Then drink a pea-protein shake mixed with EAAs. BTW: No one needs to eat carbs (bread, rice, etc). The human body can produce glycogen all on it's own. The idea that we need to eat carbs comes from old nutritional guidelines written by food companies to sell more products. We've all heard the lies so long they've become "fact".

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