4 Ways to Recover from a Workout!

One of the best things you can do for your body is lead an active lifestyle! Working out keeps you strong, balanced, mobile; a well oiled machine. But, in keeping that machine running it’s also important to let your body rest and recover!

Here are a few ways you can help your body recover from a great workout!

  • SLEEP! Yes, it’s as simple as that! Letting your body sleep each night and recharge will make sure you can begin each day rejuvenated! When you sleep your body releases growth hormones that repair muscle trauma caused during strenuous exercise. It’s also the prime time for the body to undergo protein synthesis, meaning proper sleep will make for stronger muscles.  So turn of the TV, turn down the cell phone and get some shut eye!
  • REST DAYS! You need rest days to help your body recover and reach its full potential! This doesn’t mean you have to sit around like a sack of potatoes. A rest day could be going for a walk in the woods, foam rolling or even working on your correctives. You just need to allow your time some time to fully recover! Remember- all good things in time!
  •  BREATHING! Allowing time after each workout to let your heart rate come back down to it’s pre-workout rate.  It’s important because if you don’t allow your body the chance to switch gears it will stay in “workout mode.” Workout mode can also be referred to as “flight or fight” mode. You’ve probably experienced this before;shortness of breath and shallow breathing. Which is all fine and dandy but eventually this high stress state will cause your body to fatigue very quickly. So take a moment after your workout and do a few deep belly breaths- you won’t regret it.
  •  NUTRITION! Drink a ton of water and eat to refuel your body! Don’t reward yourself with “bad treats” after a workout- grab a cold water, lean protein and a bowl of veggies and chow down! Your body will use those nutrients from your food to replenish your body and keep your muscles growing stronger!