Drink Plenty of Water
It’s a no-brainer that physical exercise causes you to sweat and burn fuel, so drinking plenty of water to rehydrate yourself throughout a gym session is crucial. Take a bottle with you, even if you sip occasionally, it’s important to keep your fluids up. This will help prevent stitches, headaches and muscle cramps.
After your first few visits to the gym, you might feel a little weak and tired. That is totally normal. But to help yourself make a full recovery, ready for the next session, it’s important to eat healthy foods. Just because you went to the gym doesn’t mean you have carte blanche to get a fish & chips after!
You need proteins and carbohydrates, and believe it or not, milk is the best recovery drink you can give yourself. Proteins and carbs are essential for muscle recovery and straight after a workout, you have a 45-minute window where they are absorbed best by the body.
Here’s our 10 favourite high protein foods that can aid your recovery – if you’re not a milk fan, there are plenty more options!
For whatever your reasons are for joining the gym: weight loss, core strength, muscle gains, general fitness etc… You won’t see change overnight. You need to persevere and build up to the changes you want to see in yourself, and though that can be mentally exhausting, and at times a little hopeless, change does happen. Seeing progress in your gym routine will show in your riding and when you start to reap the rewards, it will be worth all the blood, sweat and tears.
Looking for inspiration? Check out these six great gym exercises for cyclists – and if you really can’t make it, why not invest in some of this cheap, cheerful but highly effective home gym equipment?
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