Working hard, but struggling to see results? Feeling burnt out? Try these 5 tips to help aid your body’s recovery processes, to help you feel like your best self!
1. Practice Stretching and Mobility
One of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your body’s recovery is with an effective stretching routine. Targeting those key muscle groups, or your own personal mobility weaknesses, and ensuring you give them a good stretch after a workout is crucial for muscle recovery! In need of some stretching ideas? Check out these stretches for tight hips.
2. Drink More Water
Staying hydrated can feel like a chore, but it has to be done! When your body’s dehydrated, it has to work much harder to repair and build muscle after a workout. The importance of replacing the water your body loses when sweating should not be overlooked. Hydrating before, during, and after a training session will help you feel better, perform better, and recover better.
3. Eat After a Workout
Some professionals say there is a 30-minute anabolic window after working out where the body absorbs nutrients more efficiently. While this is highly contested, it remains undeniably important to get something nutritious into your system after a workout. When you’re training, you are depleting your body of energy, which needs to be replaced via nutrition. Having a healthy snack after a workout can help replace those necessary nutrients.
4. Increase Your Protein Intake
Consuming enough protein is critical for proper recovery. Not only does protein aid metabolic processes, but protein is also essential in the process of repairing and rebuilding muscles. Protein is rich in amino acids, which are the body’s building blocks. Consuming enough protein in your diet with help your muscles grow and your body recover. Eating plant-based? Learn more about plant-based protein here!
5. Sleep Enough at Night
We’ve all heard the typical “8 hours of sleep” standard, but the reality is that there is no precise number to call “enough” sleep. Listening to your body is important. While 8 hours might be a good benchmark to start with, it is important to pay attention to how your body feels, and how that relates much sleep you got the night before. Your body does most of its recovering while asleep, meaning if you’re not sleeping enough at night, you’re putting limits on how well you’re able to recover.
By incorporating these steps into your regular routine, you can rest easy (pun intended), knowing you’re putting effort into helping your body feel its best, and recover properly. For more help with your recovery or workout plan connect with us today!