Many people understand that if they want to lose weight and look better, they’ll need to attend their local gym. This is to a large extent true. Exercising and eating correctly can have profound benefits on your day to day mood, your waistline, that feeling of purpose that is necessary when assessing the utility of your life, and your general energy levels. It also helps prevent a plethora of diseases.

In the case that you are able to do exercise, you must do exercise. As Mark Rippetoe, author of the weightlifting program ‘Starting Strength’ states: “Exercise is something we do to keep our minds and bodies normal in the 21st century. Exercise is not something done to fix a problem, it is something we must do anyway, without which there will always BE problems.”

If you’re reading this blog it’s likely you’re already aware of the benefits of working out and eating right. But are you looking after yourself after those heavy gym sessions? Remember, this is a difficult stimulus for most people, and that can mean that people who are untrained might find it difficult to adapt to the new, rigorous schedule.

Foam Rolling

Foam rolling stretching is gaining a huge amount of traction lately, thanks to its amazing benefits in muscle lengthening. Foam rolling is the application of pressure, in this instance ‘rolling’ over a foam surface to help eradicate scar-tissue and soft-tissue adhesion. This works by freeing up your fascia. For anyone embarking on a fitness regime, it’s important to learn about foam rolling and why you need it, as a supplement to learning about your chosen exercise program.

It is by most accounts the absolute best way to stay on top of your muscle soreness. It can also help mitigate the effects of DOMS – Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness that occurs as a result of an introduction to a weightlifting or cardiovascular program.

Sleep

The beauty of sleep is that it provides us with a nature-crafted way of healing, as is the hands down best way your body can repair itself. When embarking upon a new exercise program, it’s likely that you’ll need much more sleep than before. If you usually function over seven hours of sleep, consider increasing that to eight or even nine hours, depending on your daily schedule.

Lack of sleep is the number one issue that plagues people trying to recover from workouts. Assess your sleep hygiene and try to improve it at any cost.

Cold Showers

Cold showers can help you recover from the gym by one, keeping you alert before you head to the gym so you’re less likely to hurt yourself on the equipment by lack of attention, but more importantly, cold showers allow you to significantly reduce the effects of DOMS and increase your body’s ability to deal with both stress and disease.

These three habits, implemented well, can bestow upon you numerous benefits that can keep you feeling healthier for longer. They will also allow you to recover faster, and as a result experience those benefits more directly.