If you spend your weeks trying to get in as many workouts as possible, then it won’t be long before your muscles are begging for a break. Instead, of waiting for your muscles to get completely burnt out, you can add in recovery activities during the week. In fact, we highly suggest you do. If your muscles recover quicker and are able to continue to go while still working out without crying out in pain, then you can actually keep up with your workout schedule and not need long breaks. This goes beyond giving your body a rest day here or there. It means including specific activities that are all about recovery in addition to your rest days.
4 Workout Recovery Methods You Should Be Doing!
This one seems like a no-brainer, but a lot of people like to incorporate Yoga into their training routine already. However, if you find yoga that is more Yin based than Yang based, you will find that class is structured a lot more around stretching and holding deep stretches that your body will just love.
If you are already stretching, trying adding in a foam roller into your stretch time. Foam rolling can give your body the myofascial release it’s craving to help muscle recovery. For more tips and ways to foam roll, check out our article – ‘To Foam Roll or Not To Foam Roll?‘
Yes, if you are feeling tired don’t deny the power of a nap. A quick nap in the middle of the afternoon when you are starting to feel run down can make you feel like a million bucks just a short 20-30 minutes later. A review from 2008 notes that elite athletes and coaches favor the idea of a power nap to help your brain and your body recharge in a very quick burst.
Who doesn’t love to treat themselves to a massage? If you feel guilty getting massages for yourself, then maybe this is the perfect reason to justify getting a massage. Instead of it being a super relaxing massage, allow the massage to be a bit deeper to really release some of the muscle tension you are feeling.
Which ways do you give your body the much-needed recovery it needs every week?
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