After crushing a good workout you might feel some soreness the next day.
That’s normal, especially if you haven’t worked out in a while.
This is where proper recovery comes into play.
Recovery is the time where your muscles regenerate and your body replenishes its energy supply.
If you are going to run like a new sports car, here are some of the best tips:
Sleep - You have to sleep. Sleep is the time when you recover physically and mentally. Muscles are in the process of recovery, hormones become balanced and mental energy is restored. Sleep needs to be a top priority.
Hydration - Stay hydrated. The human body is comprised of up to 60% water. To function properly, adequate hydration is important, and if you are working out regularly, you are losing water through sweating. Drink water when you wake up, during and after workouts and throughout the day.
Nutrition - If you want your body to run like a well-oiled machine, feed it the best motor oil you can find. Optimal nutrition includes sources from lean meats, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and does not include processed foods. Feed your body the good stuff and you will recover faster.
Foam Rolling - Foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release. We won’t get any more technical here but think of it this way. After sitting all day at a desk or working out hard, your muscles tend to ball up. To get maximal oxygen and nutrients to your muscles, you want to flatten them out so use the foam roller to pave the way for a flat surface. This helps to get the knots out of your muscles, helps facilitate more blood flow to the areas you roll and serves as a great recovery tool, warm-up before a workout or even just to start your day. If you want a good foam roller that you can travel with and gets the job done, next time you’re in, mention it, and we will help you get the right one.
Light Activity - Stay active. That doesn’t mean go run a marathon. Instead, going for a walk or doing some sort of light cardio can help with blood flow and recovery. Add some stretching in as well.
Massage - Massage is foam rolling to the 10x! Having a manual therapist work on your muscles is the best and the good news is we have the great Bridget Deckers who you can schedule by clicking here!
P.S. Noah and I dove deep into recovery, the science behind it and strategies to not overtrain and recover like a pro on Wellness Wednesday! Check it out by clicking here!