It's not glamorous...but it's necessary.
Between workouts, you have to take time off to allow your muscles to recover, or you won’t benefit from all of your hard work. The recovery phase is when your body rebuilds and re-energizes it’s muscles.
But sometimes your body doesn’t heal quite as fast as you’d like it to. So what you do on the days that you don’t work out is just as important as what you do when you are at the gym or pressing play at home.
Here are a few things that I do to help my body recover, and ultimately become stronger.
1. Foam Rolling
Rolling out muscles with a foam roller can help remove knots and prevent muscle imbalances and weaknesses. One of the basic, most obvious benefits is increased blood flow throughout the body, better movement and increased range of motion. These benefits can decrease the chance of injury and decrease recovery time after a workout. While not exactly the most comfortable, definitely worth it.
Exercising while dehydrated can cause greater damage to muscles and decrease the body’s ability to repair itself. Drink water after your workout to help rid your body of toxins and prevent dehydration. This is very important because dehydrated muscles can quickly become painful muscles. What you drink today is what hydrates you tomorrow!! Avoid sugary drinks and go for something like this Sports Performance option: HYDRATE
3. Soak in Epsom Salts
A friend introduced me to this years ago and it's a ritual in our home!! Epsom salts remove toxins, reduce inflammation, boosts magnesium and helps you sleep better!!
Stretching is one of the best things you can do to aid muscle recovery and help prevent future injuries. Stretching on your off days can be very beneficial. Find a mobility class or try a virtual platform like ROMWOD.