Drinking a Sports Drink: Unless you’ve spent at least an hour doing intense exercise, you’re body hasn’t lost enough electrolytes to warrant the need to down a sugary sports drink. If you haven’t been sweating it out for a sustained amount of time, reach for the water instead of the sports drink.
Not Refueling ASAP: After a strenuous workout, your body will be ready to refuel. You may be ravenous, but don’t take this as a sign that you should eat the easiest, junkiest food you have in your cupboard. Make a healthy snack that refuels your muscles as soon as possible after a workout to maximize muscle-building — between 15 minutes to two hours is ideal. When you get home after a workout, try these healthy post-workout snacks you can make in under 15 minutes.
Going Overboard: Using your trip to the gym as justification, it can be all too easy to reward a good workout with after-gym drinks with your workout buddies or an indulgent meal. But if you are trying to meet weight goals, don’t ruin a good calorie-expending hour on the treadmill by scarfing down an unhealthy meal in minutes. Instead, opt for a meal that won’t nix all that hard work.
The Wrong Late-Night Snack: You’ve been home for hours, you’re ready to call it a night, and the day’s workout is but a distant memory. Don’t reach for the jalapeño poppers and ruin the benefits of a good run just minutes before the day is over. Instead, try a light but filling snack that will satisfy without hitting you with too many calories. Here are five healthy late-night snacks you can eat tonight.
Not Getting Enough Sleep: Once you’ve eaten that healthy late-night snack, it’s time to get a good night’s rest. And it’s not just about having enough energy for your future workout. While we sleep, our bodies produce high levels of growth hormone, which many believe is a key component of muscle growth and repair.
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