Hitch Fit Living Magazine Volume 5 - March/April 2016 - Page 56

After a difficult workout recovery should be an essential part of any workout routine. Did you know your post workout recovery routine can have an impact on your fitness goals by allowing you to train more effectively and efficiently? The faster you can get your muscles to recover the sooner you can train those same muscles again. Do you have an after exercise recovery plan? Here are some tips that can help you get started. 1. Replace lost fluids. First things first, we lose a lot of fluid during exercise so re-hydrating right after exercise is an easy way to boost your recovery. Water supports nearly every function and nutrient transfer in our bodies. II recommend a minimum of 20 ounces of water post workout. 2. Stretch Stretching the muscles you worked after your workout is one of the most simple ways to jump start recovery. I recommend 5 minutes of stretching post workout. 3. Consume nutritious foods. Proper nutrition starts helping our muscles recovery immediately. II recommend taking in 20-50 grams of protein along with 20-80 grams of carbohydrates depending on your fitness goals. 4. Supplements Supplements are a simple yet effective way to make sure your muscles are getting everything they need to recover. II recommend taking in 5-10 grams of glutamine along with 5-10 grams of Branch chain amino acids. Joel Salter is a Hitch Fit Transformation Trainer at the downtown Hitch Fit Gym. Contact him for one on one training at JoelSalter@hotmail.com or visit www.HitchFitGym.com