Recovering from a workout is just as important as the actual training session. It might not be as fun, but our bodies need to recover from training in order to get stronger. Here are 3 easy steps that you can take to ensure you are recovering properly from a hard day’s work.
Move on your days off. While curling up on the couch might feel like the best method of recovery, it’s important to move during off days. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy, but do try to get your heart rate up a bit without further taxing yourself. The more full range movements you can work through, the better. A light row, some time out walking, going for a swim, or taking a yoga class are all great options!
Work on improving your mobility for 15 minutes before bed. There are two big benefits. First, you restore full range to your rapidly-tightening tissue. Second, by unwinding before your head hits the pillow you get a more restful sleep. Two birds, one stone – BAM!
HYDRATE. This one is commonly overlooked in the winter, but it’s important year round! Drinking water is vital to proper hydration (shoot for a minimum of half your body weight in ounces everyday), but replenishing electrolytes can be just as important – especially if you’re depleted after a long workout. Products like Nuun electrolyte tablets are an easy way to make sure you’re replacing what you sweated out.
The moral of this story is that if you want your body to perform well, take care of yourself outside the gym.