Post exercise, it is important to allow for both cardiovascular and muscle recovery.
It serves several functions. Recovery eliminates byproducts proceed during exercise out of your muscles, into your bloodstream and to the kidney and lungs where they can be processed. It also allows your blood pressure and body temperature to return back to normal.
The recovery phase is a very important part of being active and keeping fit. Full muscle recovery can take up to 48 hours. The body needs time to heal the microscopic damage done to the muscle caused by weight training. This will result in an increase in lean muscle mass which aids in weight loss. Try to work on alternate muscle groups to allow for this time. If you workout again too soon, you can actually become weaker instead of stronger.
Active recovery is great for aerobic exercise as you are gradually brining your hear rate down by using a low intensity exercise. Try to allow for at least 5 minutes at the end of your workout. If you are a beginner, you may want to exercise on alternate days until your fitness level grows. Solid nutrition and a proper stretching program are also vital in helping restore the body.
Ensure that you eat an hour before your workout and within a half and hour after your workout. Make sure that you reserve 10-15 minutes to stretch all of the muscles that you used in your workout to help your body heal.