Rest & recovery is an essential part of a training routine. Your post-workout recovery has a HUGE impact on your progress and performance. Most people don’t have a post-workout plan. Here are some tips to get your post-workout recovery in check!
Why Recovery Is Important
Recovery after exercise is essential to muscle and tissue repair and strength building. This is even more critical after a heavy weight training session.
- Replace Fluids—make sure you are stocking up on your water and electrolytes! Your body got rid of a lot of
- Proper Nutrition—be sure you are refueling your body after your workout! You need carbs and protein! Your muscles have glycogen stores in them, which are depleted during a workout. Carbs and protein will help replenish those glycogen stores. This will help you recover faster and not lose those gainZ.
- Rest & Relax—Sleep is a very important, often overlooked element of a training routine. Your body “resets” during sleep and it’s important to get good, quality sleep in order to recover properly. Try sleepy time teas or cortisol reducers.
- Stretching & Mobility—when in doubt, roll it out!! Be sure you are stretching before AND after every workout. This helps loosen up your muscles and releases tension and knots.
- Get a Massage—if you can, get regular massages! Massages help with blood circulation, muscle soreness, and lymphatic draining.
Listen to Your Body for a Faster Recovery
If you are truly in-tune with your body, you will know whether or not you need more time to rest and recover. Don’t over train yourself. If you are noticing yourself feeling more tired, sore, or a decrease in performance, you probably need more time to recover. Your body will let you know what it needs, when it needs it. Don’t dismiss these warning signs!
Accessories That Help With Recovery
- Foam Roller
- Muscle Roller
- Lacrosse Balls
- Massage gun