Recovery is a crucial part of any workout routine because your recovery plan has a significant impact on your fitness progression. Proper rest and recovery will help you reach your fitness goals. Unfortunately, many fail to follow a recovery routine and ultimately hinder their success. Here are my few tips to help get your post-workout plan on track.
Working out often and hard is great — but not allowing yourself to rest can cause serious problems. It’s easy to believe that fitness gurus never take a day off from strength training, but they do! “Recovery is one of the most important aspects of a successful training regimen, but for some reason, it’s commonly overlooked,” John Gallucci, Jr., D.P.T., president of JAG Physical Therapy, said. “Especially after intense or prolonged training, your body needs time to repair tissues that have broken down.” Depending on your workout regimen, be sure to have 24–72 hours of rest between intense sessions.
Another important aspect of recovery is refueling your body. Ideally, you should be replacing your fluid loss before, during, and after your workouts. Water helps every metabolic function and nutrient transfer in the body, so having plenty of water will improve every bodily function. Eating well is another key component. I recommend eating within 60 minutes of the end of your workout and make sure you include some high-quality protein and complex carbohydrate.
While this may seem like a no-brainer, many forget that resting and sleeping is part of every effective recovery plan. Developing a regular sleep schedule is the best way to help your body recover. Try going to bed around the same time every night, even on days you are not working out.
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