Life can be extremely busy; we often can’t even find time for ourselves. Squeezing in a workout between school, work and social obligations is exhausting, and sometimes feels like our only option to stay in shape.
But, what if I told you that taking time to rest, relax and recover after a workout is just as important as the physical activity itself? Many focus their attention on the training aspect of working out to build muscle, however, what is often overlooked is that we build muscle after a workout rather than during it.
There are many ways to reset after a workout, and while stretching is extremely important, the recovery process doesn’t have to stop there. Take a moment from your hectic life and do at least one or all of these different things to recover after a workout!
Schedule at least one hour a day for the three R’s: rest, recovery and relaxation.
Drinking water while we sweat is essential. Water supports the metabolic functions within our body, so continuing to drink lots of water after a workout will aid in recovery.
Nutrition is always key. We must fuel our bodies with a healthy combination of protein that will help to repair and build muscle, and carbs to replenish our energy in order to keep going.
If you want to take your bath to the next level, filling it with Epsom salt is extremely beneficial to prevent inflammation and irritation to our joints and muscles.
There are several different ways to practice meditation for a clearer mind. Whatever form you choose will help to reduce stress, and relieve pain caused by a workout.
Indulging in a post-workout massage has ample benefits for physical and mental health. Massages have been proven to increase blood flow, reduce inflammation and relieve pain from a workout.
Life gets busy. However, we all need at least 8 quality hours of sleep a night in order for our bodies to reset and be ready for the next day ahead.
Stretching, both before and after exercise is important to limit muscle soreness. Try using a foam roller to help relax tense muscles and stimulate blood supply.
Yoga is a fun and relaxing way to target various muscles that may have been strained during a workout. If done immediately after working out, it will bring your heart rate down and aid in recovery.
Last, but certainly not least, floating is a great way to recover after a workout. With ample benefits to athletes, floating will help to strengthen our mind, body and overall wellbeing, all while reducing recovery time.
Floating can also support the strengthening of your immune system, reduce inflammation in the body and help you sleep better. A one-hour session at Vital Float can reduce fatigue, help you manage stress, reduce anxiety and optimize the effects of your training routine.
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Be sure to try all of these simple and essential recovery tactics after your next workout. Look into floating to get the most out of your recovery. It's important to take a moment for yourself to get the most out of your workout. You deserve it!