4 Simple Tips on Post-Workout Recovery

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What is recovery?

Why is it important? How do I do it?

Recovery is a term thrown around loosely, however many people are not sure exactly what it means and how to do it. It’s far more than drinking a protein shake and resting after an intense session. 

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Physical & Mental Repairs

No matter what kind of physical activity you engage in, recovery is critical. This is the time your body needs to “heal”. Recovery should be a planned part of your routine. It’s just as important as the workout itself. Your body, physically and mentally, needs time to repair itself. Your physical body is working hard to do the work; mentally, you are focusing and challenging yourself.

Simple or Difficult

Recovery can be as simple or as difficult as you want to make it. There are all kinds of different programs and strategies followed by different kinds of athletes. Start with the basics and make small changes here and there, to do what works best for you.

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4 Simple Tips on Post-Workout Recovery

  • Sleep. If nothing else, aim for 7-10 hours a night. We are all different as far as our sleeping needs, but this seems to be a healthy range. During sleep, mental and physical repair takes place.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! We know the importance of water. Stay hydrated all the time, not just for your workouts.
  • Eat well. Eat nutritiously dense foods, and eat a variety, allowing your body the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs. Post workout nutrition is important as it will help restore glycogen.
  • Stretch it out after your workouts! Stretching is important as it improves flexibility as well as increases blood flow. Stretching can reduce tightness and help avoid soreness. Roll out! Foam rollers and massage balls are a great tool to utilize on hot spots or trigger points.

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Start with the Basics

Remember, these are just basics. There is a lot involved in recovery, and without going overboard and getting scientific, this is a great place to start. Do your research. Read up on recovery specific to your sport or activity. Ask your coaches and trainers for helpful tips or ideas.

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” –Jim Rohn

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