Feeling pressed for time between work, gym, and downtime with pals? Try these tricks to get glowing
A runner’s high is a terrible thing to waste. So don’t let your post-workout time crunch bring you down. Next time, nail your routine to feel good and look great whenever you’re bouncing between work, workout, and hang time with friends. No sweaty mess necessary.
1. Pre-pack your gym bag. Roll your change of clothes instead of folding them to prevent wrinkles. Toss in a pair of flip-flops (to help you avoid foot fungus in the locker room or shower) and a plastic bag for sweaty workout clothes. Slip in a light post-workout snack such as a dried-fruit-and-nut bar, half a peanut butter sandwich (on whole-wheat bread), or a banana and small bag of almonds—all combos that contain protein (to repair your muscles), healthy fats (to boost fullness) and good-for-you carbs (to replenish your energy)—plus a water bottle to help you refuel and rehydrate before your next act.
2. Maximize the time you have. Go for an efficient, calorie-torching workout such as a five- to ten-minute cardio warm-up, followed by a full-body circuit-training workout. If you won’t have time to shower, save the sweat-fest for another time. Instead, focus on light cardio or weight training to stay dry.
3. Bring products that multitask. That means finding a scented lotion to moisturize your skin and help you smell good, a color stick that can do double duty as cheek and lip color, and an eye-shadow crayon that can also serve as a liner. Look into soothing cleansing wipes, which can come to the rescue of your sweatiest, smelliest parts.
4. Stretch in the shower. Stretching post-workout is important, but it can feel like a time-suck when you’re watching the clock tick toward your next engagement. Carefully do stretches for your quads, calves, hamstrings, shoulders, and back in the shower while you’re getting clean. The warm water will help your muscles stay supple so you can get the most out of these moves.
5. Halt the sweat. If you’re still perspiring after you shower or after you wipe yourself off, apply antiperspirant or baby powder to your pits, the center of your chest, your groin area, and behind your knees—wherever you have sweat glands!
6. Use dry shampoo. Apply it to the roots of your hair, and it’ll absorb sweat, pump up the volume and add texture to your locks—not to mention make them smell fresh. No water or blow-drying necessary! Simply use a vented brush or your fingers to comb out your strands.
7. Refresh wisely. When you meet your friends at the restaurant or bar, order a tall glass of water and a cool Michelob ULTRA—a great-tasting choice that has only 2.6 grams of carbs and 95 calories in a 12-ounce serving. This way, you won’t drink all the calories you just burned! Plus, the water will help cool your core (when the water hits your stomach, the cool temperature will trigger your brain to stop the sweat) as you ease into happy hour with friends. Cheers!