My last post dealt with a balanced workout approach. I thought it only fitting to follow up this week with the importance of healing the body after a workout.
Not only did I want to share my research with you, but I was genuinely interested in finding out what the experts have to say on the matter.
So how much repair does one need between workouts?
It turns out rest and recovery are a SUPER important part of any workout routine. In fact, they are essential to making a big impact on your fitness gains, performance and how to train more effectively.
I know that after every workout I teach, we have a cool down period. This simply allows us to slow things down after exercise, helping to remove the lactic acid from our muscles and reduce any stiffness later on.
Below you will find many excellent ways to help your body recover:
Fluid Replacement: Lots of fluid is lost during exercise. It’s important to replace water during your workout but also after. Our bodies are made up of so much water. It supports every function and nutrient transfer. So drink up!
Food: After depleting your energy with exercise, refuel to recover, repair tissues, and to get stronger. This will make you way more prepared for your next workout. Ideally, you should try to eat within 60 minutes of the end of your workout and make sure you include some high-quality protein and complex carbohydrate. For me, I like to eat a banana.
Stretch: This is a simple and fast way to help your muscles recover.
Time: This is one of the best ways to recover and heal from illness, injury or after a workout. Give your body time.
Ice: Place an ice pack on any part of your body that hurts. I have to do this regularly with my knees. I’m getting older – the body is not taking the impact quite as well these days. Your body’s natural response to injury is inflammation. Ice helps reduce inflammation and reduce pain.
Other great ways to heal – go for a massage. I will tell you about my male massage experience in tomorrow’s post. Stay tuned!
An epsom salts bath is an amazing alternative. Believe it or not – so is sleep. Don’t discount the importance of getting a solid good nights rest.
At the end of the day, unless you are training for something big, or you’re an Olympic athlete, don’t over train. Above and beyond all else, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. There’s nothing wrong with taking a day or two off in between workouts.
Hope this sheds new light for you.
Be safe, stay healthy and have fun!