7 Key Fitness Recovery Tools
Here Are Some Easy to Implement Fitness Recovery Tools
Workout done, shake in your belly…great. But guess what…you’re not done! What? Recovery tools for fitness? Are you kidding? Nope. We are not!
Sure, you might have done a good job at taxing your body with your training, feeding it with a well-designed post-workout concoction, but that means it is now time to look for some ways to recover.
Do not minimize the importance of recovery. If you do, we can promise you now, your body will let you know how unhappy it is, either by injury or by a loss of energy, endurance, motivation, and/or strength.
The idea of implementing some specific fitness recovery tools is no longer just for high-level amateur and professional athletes.
When you learn to actively manage your recovery, you’re going to see how much better you feel after, and in between workouts. You will also see much quicker progress and might even sleep better at night too.
The below suggestions aren’t too tough to implement. You certainly don’t need to choose all, or all at once. Just make sure you are doing something to enhance your recovery if general health and wellness are important.
Take Hot Baths
The very first thing that almost anyone can implement to enhance recovery is simply taking a hot bath.
A hot bath at the end of the night will enhance blood circulation to the muscle tissues, which will increase the delivery of oxygen as well as the nutrients they need to recover well.
A hot bath is a perfect way to relax and unwind after those heavy training days, so definitely a must for good recovery…and even better sleep.
Try Foam Rolling
Another technique that you may want to consider that can go a long way towards speeding up your recovery is foam rolling.
Foam rolling is going to involve placing the tender muscle over a cylindrical piece of foam, rolling it back and forth while tension is released from the muscle tissue.
Although this can be a tad bit painful when you first start, oh boy will you quickly figure out why athletes swear by it and make it a part of their daily routines.
Rolling is a great way to reduce muscle soreness and is something that you can literally do, in some way, every day in mere minutes.
Get a Massage
The benefits are numerous and hey, even deep-tissue massage, while a bit uncomfortable for some, feels amazing after.
Massage will not only reduce pain, improve circulation, and alleviate stress, but it will also help remove toxins from the body, enhance flexibility, and most likely help you sleep better as well.
Cryo what? Wait, seriously? You want me to intentionally stand in a machine with below-freezing temperatures on purpose?
Yup…you got it! And we can all but guarantee, if you can get beyond the initial fear and give it a try just once…you will absolutely fall in love with the results. (We admit…the process might never feel like love.)
Cryotherapy, meaning “cold therapy,” is a technique where the body is exposed to extremely cold temperatures for relatively short periods of time.
While Cryotherapy can be delivered to just one area, we recommend chambered, whole-body for recovery.
Most people will walk away from their very first cryotherapy session feeling awesome and amazed at the impact of such a short visit, but in order to see the most benefit, it is something you should try to make a part of a regular health and wellness routine.
Supplement With Glutamine
Another smart move, if you want to boost the recovery that you see after your workout session, is to add glutamine to your supplement protocol.
Glutamine is a particular amino acid that is going to help to accelerate the recovery process. It will enhance your immune system function.
You should aim to take five grams of glutamine after a workout and then another five grams right before you go to bed.
Get Sufficient Sleep
Finally, the last recovery tip, the one most are aware of...sleep.
Simply put, if you are not sleeping enough throughout the night, you are not going to recover the way you could, or should.
Sleep is vital, for mental as well as physical recovery. It is definitely not something you can overlook for any length of time without paying the price. Not only will sleep help you recover faster, but it’s also important for maintaining a leaner body. Sleep is the time when several of the body’s hormones are released into the bloodstream. One example, growth hormones, which are essential for growth and tissue repair. Sleep also helps to balance our appetite by maintaining optimal levels of the hormones ghrelin and leptin, so when we get less sleep than needed, we may feel an urge to eat more.
Make Recovery a Priority
So, there you have it, some top fitness recovery tools to implement. If you want to feel better and accelerate your progress, make sure you are making use of some or all of these recovery tips. They will make a difference. No doubt about it.
And hey, if you end up with a favorite one or two, or have any other suggestions you personally love…let us know. We always love learning too.
You only have one life to live, one body to live it in…so take care of it. Progress, not perfection. Good, better, best with your food intake, and some form of “movement” daily. Get your nutritional foundation from food, supplement where necessary, and drink plenty of water. We are here to help, so feel free to drop us comments or questions as often as you’d like…and always consult your physician before making any changes to your diet or exercise regiment.
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