The worst things to do after your run

By Ea Francisco | Photo by Rémi Jacquaint/Unsplash

Running has to be the most easily accessible exercise. A lot of people make it their primary workout. If you think about it, it’s deceptively simple: put on your shoes, run, go home. However, what some people don’t realize is that there are things they do after that can sabotage their workout. Read and see if you’re committing any of these post-run mistakes.

Skipping Cool Down

After a long run, you probably just want to go home and feel like doing nothing. However, it’s necessary to do post-run recovery and cool down. Do a short walk after your run to normalize heart rate and blood pressure. Typically, a workout should have a slow start and a slow finish so that the body can ease its way to a resting state. And while the muscles are still warm, do some light stretching to help alleviate soreness.

Improper Eating

You think that after a run, it’s perfectly justified to go all out and reward yourself with food. That’s not entirely the case. While it is important to refuel after a run, you must consider the amount and kind of food you are taking in. Eat a decent amount of food within 30 minutes after your run. The ideal meal should be a balance of protein and carbohydrates to replenish energy. But if your goal is to lose weight, overeating and having sweets might not have the desired effect. The point of eating afterwards is to restore lost energy, but improper eating might end up restoring lost calories.

Forgetting Your Water

Hydrating is one of the most essential things after a run. Not being hydrated enough can make you feel fatigued, especially on hot days. Drink water throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated.

Staying in Your Clothes

It’s important to get out of your sweaty clothes, even if you’re not going to shower right away. Bacteria and mold thrive more in damp areas, and this can irritate the skin. In addition, letting sweaty clothes dry while wearing them weakens the immune system. The smell from the bacteria can stick to your body and other objects if you leave them on, too.

Being Inactive After

Some people would say it’s perfectly fine to laze around the next day. Actually, one should not be completely inactive the following day. Do some light exercises the next day, even if it’s just a short walk. This is a form of recovery as it allows blood to flow through the body and helps ease stiffness of the legs.