What is your approach to workout recovery? If you’ve never thought about that question before, you’re not alone. Most of us tend to focus on the work that we put in at the gym. We forget that what we do in between workouts is just as important.
Recovery is where gains happen. Yes, you need to push yourself during your workouts. But if you’re always pushing at high intensities with little or no recovery, then you’ll be on your way to a physical roadblock. These roadblocks show up as overtraining, lack of motivation, extreme tiredness, injury, and even burnout.
High-intensity workouts without proper recovery is not a sustainable pattern. Here are three simple ways you can improve your recovery:
Not everyone will follow the same diet as many personal factors go into what is best for each individual. But in general, choose real foods that whole, nutritious, and minimally processed. To help with recovery, make sure you’re eating quality foods before and after your workouts. Skipping a meal or relying on an energy bar is going to make it harder for your body to recover. If you struggle with good post-workout meals, then meal planning can help. A meal plan helps you prepare good foods ahead of time so that you have quality foods ready to go post-workout.
During sleep, your body repairs itself. If you don’t get a lot of sleep, then your body is missing out on prime repair time. If you struggle with getting to bed, then it might help to create a nightly routine. Set a “bedtime alarm” and try to go to bed at the same time. Reduce or eliminate screen time before going to sleep and keep your bedroom cool and dark.
Water is an essential element that keeps your body functioning well. Your body is about 60% water, so when you’re dehydrated, this has a negative effect on your body functions. Your body isn’t able to recover properly when you’re dehydrated, so make sure you’re drinking before, during, and after your workouts.
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