Recovery is a crucial part of any workout routine because your recovery plan has a significant impact on your fitness progression. Proper rest and recovery will help you reach your fitness goals. Unfortunately, many fail to follow a recovery routine and ultimately hinder their success. Here are my few tips to help get your post-workout plan on track.
Plan Recovery Time
Working out often and hard is great – but not allowing yourself to rest can cause serious problems. It’s easy to believe that fitness gurus never take a day off from strength training, but they do! “Recovery is one of the most important aspects of a successful training regimen, but for some reason, it’s commonly overlooked,” John Gallucci, Jr., D.P.T., president of JAG Physical Therapy, said. “Especially after intense or prolonged training, your body needs time to repair tissues that have broken down.” Depending on your workout regimen, be sure to have 24-72 hours of rest between intense sessions.
Hydrate and Eat Well
Another important aspect of recovery is refueling your body. Ideally, you should be replacing your fluid loss before, during, and after your workouts. Water helps every metabolic function and nutrient transfer in the body, so having plenty of water will improve every bodily function. Eating well is another key component. I recommend eating within 60 minutes of the end of your workout and make sure you include some high-quality protein and complex carbohydrate.
Sleep and Rest
While this may seem like a no-brainer, many forget that resting and sleeping is part of every effective recovery plan. Developing a regular sleep schedule is the best way to help your body recover. Try going to bed around the same time every night, even on days you are not working out.
Don’t Skip Stretching
Stretching is a significant help when recovering from a hard workout. Stretching helps relieve muscular tension and potentially downplay the soreness you experience later. “Make sure you allot at least 20 minutes after a workout to cool down and stretch,” Barbara Bolotte, an International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness model, said. “If you don’t plan for it, you are more likely to skip it.”
Schedule Recovery Workouts
My last tip for recovery is to remember that not every workout has to be a hard one. A lack of proper recovery can lead to overtraining, which can lead to fatigue, injuries, inflammation, and lack of progress. I recommend scheduling recovery and rest days. This does not mean you cannot train on those days, just take it a little lighter. Rest days can include a light job with extra stretching.
If you want to get the most from workouts, you need to prioritize a recovery routine. My five tips will help you maximize recovery and maximize your progress!
David Jeansonne is the founder of CHAMPS BOXING™ and Traffic Jam Events™. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!