Transforming Your Home into a Post-Workout Relaxation Station in 3 Easy Steps
After the workout, so they say, comes the best bit. The ‘runner’s high’, when the endorphins are pumping and you feel good about yourself for a little while after a tough gym session. Combining this with a truly relaxing and revitalising home can really help you recharge your batteries, and might even lead you to making more of a habit out of exercise.
But how exactly should you go about transforming your home into a post-workout relaxation station? In this post, we’ll tell you exactly how you can do this, no matter your budget and regardless of the living space you’re working with.
OPTIMISE YOUR KITCHEN
Make sure there’s some kind of treat ready and waiting for you as soon as you get through the door after your gym session. From a post-workout smoothie to a scandalous square or two of Dairy Milk – give yourself a treat after your exertions, and have it on standby in the kitchen.
Going one step further, if you often find yourself running low on energy after the gym and sucked into a rather counter-productive sofa and Just Eat combo, take action and create a habit of having pre-prepared meals ready to go. Boil in the bag rice, combined with ready-to-fry fish fillets and steamed vegetables can be easily whipped up after a workout (even if you’re absolutely knackered and vowing never to put yourself through HIIT again!).
INDULGE OR RECOVER IN THE BATHROOM
There really is nothing better than a long soak in the bath after a workout. The warm water can help you to relax, as well as cleaning off any sweat and grime you’ve accumulated through your exertions – but a warm shower from an indulgent rainfall showerhead is another post workout option that’ll have you toasty and relaxed in no time.
However, for true muscle recovery, an ice bath is probably your best bet. Professional athletes and sports scientists swear by them, as they reduce tissue breakdown and help muscles to repair themselves. The key thing to remember with ice baths is that there is such a thing as too cold – so no jumping straight for ice cubes in lieu of the cold tap for your first try – and don’t stay in for any longer than eight minutes, as this could be dangerous.
CREATE A MINDFULNESS ZONE
Relaxing the body is important, but you shouldn’t neglect your mind. Designate a quiet area of your home for a post-workout meditation session, where you can de-stress and let the adrenaline slowly dissipate from your body. This can be anywhere – your bedroom, a spare room or even the living room – just make sure you’re avoiding any noisy family members or housemates while you immerse yourself in your meditation time.
It sounds like a cliche, but a few scented candles and incense sticks alongside a comfortable mat can help a quiet area like this feel like a true escape. As many of us go to the gym straight after work, this period of meditation can also serve as a way of leaving the day’s work worries behind and paving the way for a blissful evening.
Whatever your weekly workout looks like, these tips should help you chill out afterwards and give your muscles a much-needed chance to recover – all while keeping an eye on your long-term fitness goals. In time, these subtle home upgrades will form an integral part of your everyday gym routine, and help to transform a tiring workout into a natural ingredient within a rounded, harmonious life.
Moosa Adam works at 1 Click Bathrooms, the UK’s online one-stop shop that helps homeowners build their dream bathroom, piece by piece.