The intensity an individual puts into their own exercise activities will determine how effective they are at increasing fitness. The more one pushes their body during exercise the more it will grow. One needs to give a hundred percent to truly test themselves and challenge their bodies limits, expanding them at the same time.
Practice "Four-Square Breathing" after your workout while stretching. Breath in for four seconds, then breath out for four seconds, and repeat for three minutes. "Four-Square Breathing" increases your lung capacity and reduces stress when done properly, which helps you relax after your workout, and get ready for the rest of your day.
Work on keeping your muscles limber by holding your stretches. For those under 40, try holding your stretches for about 30 seconds. For those over 40, try holding them for about 60 seconds. The reason for the time difference is that muscles lose their pliability as you grow older and can become strained or receive injury more easily than when you're younger.
To satisfy your sugar cravings, do so immediately after your workout. Immediately following your workout, eat protein along with twenty grams of sugars. The protein will be carried to your muscles with help from the sugar. It's ok to have a soda pop with your after-workout snack, just limit the intake of sugar for the rest of the day.