Seven biggest post-workout mistakes
1. Rehydrating with sports drinks
If marketing hype is to be believed, we should be drinking sports drinks before, during and after workouts, but these are often actually full of sugar and far from healthy. The average gym-goer certainly doesn't need them.
"Many sports drinks contain as much as two-thirds the sugar of fizzy drinks," Lambert told The Independent, adding that water, in addition to a good pre- and post-workout meal, will hydrate you perfectly
To calculate how much water (in litres) you need over the course of a day, multiply your weight in kilograms by 0.03. So if you weigh 60kg, you should drink around two litres a day.
"Dehydration is a key contributor to post-workout fatigue so after exercise," Lambert says. "Check the color of your urine to see if you need to hydrate further. If it's darker than apple juice, you definitely do."
2. Taking supplements for nutrients
Although sometimes important for people with specific medical conditions, supplements should never replace real food.