While a great workout is awesome, the truth is that your recovery is just as important – and is actually how you get stronger. When you exercise, you’re causing small, microscopic tears in your muscles. In the 24-48 hours post-workout, your body works to repair and rebuild. Ensuring that you’re recovering properly can help reduce muscle soreness, prevent injury, and ensure you have the energy to hit it hard again tommorrow. Check out our ultimate plan for maximum recovery.
Within 30-45 minutes
Adding stretching to your cool-down is an ideal way to help reduce the dreaded DOMS. Stretching also helps to increase circulation and remove waste from your muscles, leading to an overall quicker recovery. Follow along with Kira Stoke’s 7-minute Stoked Stretch or Core Pilates NYC’s 15-minute Dynamic Stretching Routine. If you’re on-the-go, check out our 5 Favorite Post-Workout Stretches.
Kettlebells are one of our home gym essentials because, in a single piece of equipment, you can work your cardio, improve your strength and boost flexibility. Learn more about why kettlebells are so awesome for building a lean, toned body and why you should incorporate kettlebell training into your routine.
It Burns Some MAJOR Calories
One of the reasons kettlebells are so loved is for their ability to seriously incinerate some major calories. If you’ve ever tried swinging one around, you know it can get your heart rate up quick. In fact, The American Council on Exercise (ACE) reports that you can burn 400 calories in a 20-minute kettlebell workout, which is the equivalent of 20 calories per minute or running a 6-minute mile!
While nothing hits the spot in summer quite like a delicious, frozen coffee concoction, the truth is that your favorite drink can be a major calorie and sugar bomb. For example, a grande Starbucks S’mores Frappuccino clocks in at 500 calories and a whopping 68 grams of sugar. Making a cool coffee drink at home is easier than you think, and is better for both your body and your wallet.
Vegan Iced Coffee // That Girl Shannon
Made with coffee ice cubes, this iced coffee is sweetened naturally with stevia and gets a touch of flavor from the addition of vanilla and cinnamon. Top it off with a vegan-friendly milk like cashew.