I know there have been a lot of discussions about specifically what to eat after a workout, but I'm wondering on a larger scale, what is your ideal post workout routine? I realize that we arent always able to have the time to ourselves after exercise that we would like to have, but I'm curious how people spend their time after exercise, either to come down, or take advantage of the energy, or soothe muscles for optimal results.
Personally, I do a bootcamp-style workout twice a week, and an individual intervals/resistance training session once a week. After I workout at the Y, I actually like to stretch and spend at least a minute laying in savasana. Then I drive home and take a long, not-hot-but-pretty-warm shower. I use that time to do a quick salt scrub and massage the muscles I worked the hardest with jojoba oil. Then I have a hot cup of green tea or bone broth, depending on the time of day- if its morning, i might have a couple of eggs for breakfast. If its evening, I'll try and stay calm and relaxed, maybe some more stretching at home, then go to bed. My husband can never sleep after exercising, but I find I can pass right out if i stay away from computer and TV. Personally, I think this helps me recover better, and I feel best the following day if I'm able to follow through with my Big Plan. When I don't, I'm stiff and sore as hell and it seems to be an extra day before I'm back to normal.