Frank Mikulka's Weekly Fitness Tip
How to Boost Your Energy Level After Your Workout
(June 12, 2007)

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I feel tired and sore after exercising. Anything I can do? (Jim, Port Washington)

Exercise should invigorate you for the rest of the day, not deplete you. A mild soreness when performing a new exercise or going a little heavier on weightlifting is normal. However, pain is a warning sign to stop. To bounce back after your workout:

  • Let your heart-rate and breathing slow down gradually. Make sure to cool down.
  • Stretch after your exercise when your muscles are warm and more flexible.
  • After your workout Ė within 30 minutes, have some carbs like fruit, or low-fat chocolate milk; you can have some protein, but donít worry about protein consumption post workout. It is important that you replenish your carbs for the growth of muscle tissue.
Make sure to drink water before, during and after your workout. Some fatigue and cramps are actually caused by dehydration.

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