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mari_p
05-17-2005, 02:31 PM
Hi! I'm new, and joined because I have a question I can't seem to find an answer to! Is it a bad idea to nap after working out? I tend to wake up early and go to the gym because I know I won't go, if not then, so when I get home I am just exhausted sometimes...is it bad for you? Does it counteract your weighloss??

If anyone knows, fill me in! Thanks!


Anine
05-18-2005, 03:50 AM
I hope it's not bad to nap after a workout! On Sundays I usually wake up early and go for a long run, and when I get home I'm so tired I often nap a little. I don't have any research to back it up, but I think it may even be good to nap after a hard workout. First of all, your muscles get a chance to recover while you sleep. Also, I find that after a long run I want to snack on everything in sight. If I sleep I can't eat ;-) Last but not least, if a nap is what you need in order to get to the gym, then feel good about going to the gym, and think of the nap as well deserved rest afterwards!

Ilene
05-18-2005, 07:56 AM
I see nothing wrong with taking a nap after a workout... I've done it several times in my life with no adverse side effects... I have gotten up at 4:30am to get to the gym, come back at 6:30am, snoozed then go to work....You should always eat after a workout though, within half an hour, to feed the muscles you have just worked so hard. After a cardio I will have a complex carb like oatmeal after a weight workout I will have a low glycemic carb like strawberries in a whey protein shake...after a cardio and weights workout I will have the strawberries and protein shake...


skinnyjeans
05-18-2005, 09:44 AM
Like you Mari when I get up early to workout I am often exhausted and can't imagine an entire day ahead of me without a nap. Haven't noticed any side effects, but make sure you cool down first and don't drop into bed still sweaty and hot from your workout. Bad for your muscles.

mari_p
05-22-2005, 12:22 PM
Thanks everyone! I appreciate the input!
Take care!