Show of hands who loves a good recovery after a hard work out? I’d be willing to bet the crowd is pretty even split, but do we know the formula for a good recovery? There a few key elements to a good post workout recovery we all should take to heart.
I am totally a type A person. For as long as I can remember I have tried to get some sort of workout in every day. Some more difficult than others but if I don’t get it in I am one cranky mama, my kids have told me so. Racing triathlons, I was always in the mindset of getting not one discipline of training in but three, so to take a day off was not really in my mental wheel house. It was VERY hard for me not to do something. I was always on the lookout for a good active recovery. Something that wasn’t strenuous but as far as my mind was concerned I wasn’t being lazy. I had a friend tell me about paddle boarding, tried it, and I was sold. Why do I tell you this? Well recovery is going to be different for every person as well as what you’re recovering from, but there are a few key elements you need to keep in mind when in recovery mode.
So, if you aren’t looking to lose weight and we’re strictly talking recovery from a workout, refuel to match your expenditure. Timing your meals accordingly taking in healthy fats, carbs for energy & restoration, as well as protein for muscle repair. Also, make sure to rehydrate particularly in hot weather climates while working out training/competing.
There is a science to all of this so if you want to check out in more detail what you can do to properly recover for maximum benefits check out this article….
Don’t diminish the importance of recovery. I can tell first hand the minute I allowed myself to recover, my overall performance improved dramatically!
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