The Post-Workout Advice You Need To Follow

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We can only hope to be as fit and healthy as our trainers. But, in the meantime, we can at least copy their post-workout habits. Shape spoke with some top fitness instructors and gathered some excellent post-workout tips.

Clean Up
Autumn Calabrese, creator of 21 Day Fix Extreme and celebrity trainer, told Shape, “As soon as I finish my foam rolling session, I head straight to the bathroom to wash my hands. Let’s be honest: even at the nicest gyms, the equipment is covered with sweat and germs. I don't want to start touching my phone, my face, my purse, or my steering wheel with dirty hands — that’s a surefire way to get sick."

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Personal trainer Adam Rosante remembers to clean off the equipment, too. "Other than a whey protein shake, the most important thing I do post-workout is put all of the equipment back where I got it and wipe down any benches I was using,” he says. “Thoughtfulness, cleanliness, and courtesy go a long way in the gym."

Stay Hydrated
A master instructor at Flywheel, Natalie Cohen, told Shape, "Whether I’m teaching or taking a class, I make sure to drink at least 16 ounces of electrolyte water immediately after.” This replenishment will help your recovery too, Cohen says, by thwarting symptoms like nausea or cramps.
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Socialize
Alison Grzyb, an SLT (Strengthen Lengthen Tone) instructor, recommends being social after a class. “Chit-chat with other people as you are packing up to head out,” she says. “The gym is where I met some of my best friends. When you get to know like-minded people, the increased motivation and support that you feel is incredible."
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Reflect
You just worked out! It’s an accomplishment in its own right. Samantha Datz, a Real Pilates instructor, likes to recognize the achievement. “After a workout, I reflect on how great I feel,” she says, “and how proud of myself I am for doing it despite all the odds that might be working against me that day.”

Click through to Shape for more post-workout tips. (Shape)
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