6 Things You Should Always Do After a Workout

Lets get real for a second here…there is just so much that goes into getting your ass to the gym that often times, we forget about what we should do after we get there….You know, after we’ve done a million sets of burpees, drank a half gallon of water, and are practically covered in sweat. Half the time we’re on the elliptical and decide “okay enough of this, time go GTFO!” grab our keys are bolt out the door to rush to wherever we’re going next. So, what should we be doing after we workout? Today I’m sharing 6 Things You Should Do After a Workout, keep reading below to find out just a few things I always do after a sweat sesh.

6 Things You Should Always Do After a Workout

Foam Roll
It wasn’t until I broke my contract with Planet Fitness that I realized all the things I should have been doing…but definitely wasn’t. Okay, real talk-I’m not bashing Planet Fitness at all, but I’m kind of pissed they don’t have foam rollers. (Granted, I just resigned up for my black card so I have another gym to go to on the days where I can’t get to my normal gym) On days where I’m at PF, I can’t foam roll, so after a workout I honestly feel tight, and kind of uncomfortable. Foam rolling is kind of a big deal, it’s so important that after you workout, you foam roll the muscles you used to help aid in recovery. If you think about it, whenever you’re lifting, you’re contracting whatever muscle group your using. After 2-3 sets, your muscles are tight, which in turn, needs to be stretched out a bit. Foam rolling helps to stretch out your muscles, and workout any kinks or pains you may have. If done right, foam rolling can leave you feeling relaxed, and refreshed after a workout.

While this may sound super basic, it’s so important that after a long, sweaty workout you wash your bod. After working out, you’re typically covered in sweat, dirt and most likely some sort of bacteria. Showering first thing after a workout not only makes you smell and feel better, but it helps relax your muscles, especially if you went hard in your workout.

It depends on what time of gym membership you have of course. After a workout, you’re muscles are probably tight, and you’re probably a little too pumped up. After a workout it’s crucial to relax those muscles, your mind and your body. Whenever I’m done with my workout, I have to sit in the sauna for at least ten minutes. Sitting in a sauna not only calms you down, but it detoxifies your body. Quick sauna sessions can actually help to eliminate dead skin sells and give you a healthy glow. It also calms your mind, and forces you to breathe easier, due to the heat. If you don’t have access to a sauna, maybe try a massage bed/chair to help calm your thoughts after a workout.

Wash your face
Again, it sounds super basic, right? To those of you who wear makeup to the gym-it’s so important to wash your face, especially right after your workout! I used to pile on the makeup for a workout, but I learned my lesson the hard way….I broke out like crazy! It’s just not ideal, especially when you’re sweating your butt off in the gym. Even if you don’t wear makeup, it’s essential to wash all of that built up oil and bacteria off your face – so you don’t end up with clogged pores, which ultimately leads to breakouts. The same goes with your body, if you don’t shower after, it could also lead to body acne. Washing your bod, and your face is so important after you hit the gym.

When you’re sweating up a storm, or really doing any kind of physical activity, you must replace any fluid/electrolyte deficit. If you hydrate like crazy, you will recover faster, and feel a million times better than if you were to only drink one glass of water. And, in order to make gains in the gym, you need to nourish and hydrate your body so it can repair itself and grow stronger.

Load up on protein
Have you ever seen people at the gym carrying around a shaker bottle, full of some weird looking liquid you couldn’t even begin to pin-point what it was? Yeah, that’s most likely a protein shake. Protein is the building blocks of our bodies, that’s why it’s so crucial to fuel your body with it after a workout, so it can rebuild, and build bigger muscles. While you can consume protein before your workout, it’s most important to fuel your body after you’re finished.

What is your post-workout routine? I’d love to hear!

Hey friend–I’m Laura, the Writer behind This Northern Native

Hey friend–I’m Laura, the Writer behind This Northern Native

A lifestyle + wellness blog, This Northern Native is a place to come for major realness. I deliver raw, honest content created for those who value becoming the happiest & healthiest versions of themselves possible, and share a love for New England living.