This should be the easy part of our training but it tends to be the most neglected part. Rest is just as important as the actual training itself.
In order to see an improvement in performance, our body needs to be exposed to stresses, the body then needs time to adapt to the stresses and this is the period of recovery. Rest and recovery are vital in the prevention of injuries.
7 Important guidelines to consider after training which will improve recovery:
1. Cool Down and Stretch
After exercise it is important to cool down to bring your body temperature back down and also to stretch the muscles that you have worked.
2. Replace fluids
It is important to replace your fluids after training as you lose a lot of salts whist training.
It is important to make sure you eat properly after training because this will boost your recovery.
It is essential to put your feet up and rest!!
5. Massage or self-massage
I would recommend a regular massage when you are in training however another option is to use a foam roller or tiger tail and do it yourself.
Sleep is essential for recovery. When we are sleeping our bodies produce a growth hormone which plays an important part in our tissue growth and muscle repair.
7. Listen to your body
Most importantly!!! If you are tired your body is telling you to rest, so do it.
Blog Post by Kerry
Group Gym Manager & Personal Trainer