You’ve just finished a tough workout, and you feel great. Relatively. You know you might be a little sore when you wake up tomorrow morning, but you’re not too worried about it. You’ve been sore before, and you know you can push through another workout.
But what if there was a way that you could start tomorrow’s workout feeling less sore and more rested? Good news, there is!
Recovery is an essential part of anyone’s workout routine. The time in between your workouts gives your body a chance to repair and rebuild itself. The more you make of that recovery time, the more your performance and fitness will improve.
Here are a few post-workout recovery methods that can help you make the most of the time between your workouts:
One way that you can promote quality recovery in between workouts is with some mobility work. Self-massage techniques with a foam roller or lacrosse ball can help increase circulation to your muscles and work out any bumps or knots. Rolling may sometimes be uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t cause you more pain.
The time you spend asleep is when your body really gets to work repairing itself. If you’re getting poor sleep or anything less than six hours, then you’re missing out on quality recovery time. Adequate sleep is crucial to the health of your body, as well as your mind.
When you’re dehydrated, it makes it more of a challenge for your body to recover after an intense workout. The best way to promote proper recovery using hydration is to be well-hydrated before, during, and after your workout.
Even with individual differences in meal plans, there are some general guidelines to follow when it comes to post-workout foods that promote good recovery. You don’t need to buy a special powder or bar. Instead, try to eat whole, nutritious foods like lean meats, whole grains, veggies, fruits, and nuts.
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