Sometimes, the day after a challenging workout can be a struggle. Your muscles are sore and that makes it hard to get in and out of your car (if you can get to your car in the first place). But there are ways to ease the pain from a good workout. Here’s how to speed up your recovery:
- Drink Water: Water provides many benefits for your body, including carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells and regulating body temperature. Without proper hydration, it’s difficult for your body to normalize blood pressure and stabilize your heartbeat. You’ll reap the rewards of your tough workout when you drink water
- Get Enough Sleep: Sleep allows your body to repair its muscle tissue. Hormones, such as human growth hormone and testosterone, increase during sleep, which helps you perform even better the next day. Get a solid 6-8 hours and watch your recovery sky rocket.
- Eat Well: Consuming the best foods possible will give your body the proper fuel it needs to perform and recover. What you put in your body matters because your recovery depends on the vitamins and nutrients you digest. Physical activity puts stress on your body, so you need to support the recovery process by eating well. Not sure what to eat? Have a chat with Coach Nic! He's certified to help with your nutrition.
- Foam Rolling: This increases blood flow which speeds up the recovery process. The increase in circulation also helps to reduce the feeling of fatigue that follows a tough workout. Intense muscle soreness can be reduced (no matter what type of workout you’ve done) with the help of a foam roller.
There are so many ways to maximize your recovery after a tough WOD, but these are our top four. Stay tuned, we'll be sharing more tips for recovery and mental health!