What you do after your workout can determine how quickly your body bounces back. Follow these recovery tips and you'll feel ready to take on another challenge tomorrow.
* DRINK UP - Rehydrating helps stave off fatigue. "Before strenous exercise, weigh yourself," says Jacqueline Berning, Ph. D., R.D., a professor of nutrition at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado. "Stap on the scale afterward and drink three cups of fluid for every half-a-kilo you lose."
* COOL OFF - Icing can help decrease muscle inflammation, which causes stiffness. Hold on ice pack on overworked areas for 5 to 10 minutes.
* TAKE A BATH - Add two cups of Epsom salts (which are rich in magnesium) to a warm bath and relax in it for 15 minutes. Research shows that soaking in the mineral decreases inflammation.
* HIT THE SACK - Your body reparits your muscles during sleep. Aim for at least eight hours of shut-eye after a tough session.
Referral - Shape Magazine (November 08)