Our bodies were biologically made to allow skeletal and muscle movement, which is one of the remarkable ways to age with grace. An important factor that we forget as we move, workout, bike, hike, swim, lift, etc., is to recover properly by protecting our bones, muscles, mind, and overall health.
From over 20 years in the fitness industry, I can attest from my experiences that the following will make a difference in the recovery after a wonderful workout.
- Be sure to Hydrate – Drinking water during and after a workout is crucial for many reasons. Dehydration can be dangerous and also affect the impact of your activity levels as far as performance and energy is concerned. Purified water and other drinks which have low to no sugar and essential electrolytes to refuel can help make recovery a breeze.
- Rest – Meditation in a peaceful place, connecting with nature by sitting barefoot on the grass, spending time with loved ones, cuddling up on the couch with the littles, can all do a heart good and slow down your mind as well as your body after a strenuous activity.
- Fuel your body with Protein – After exercise, our muscles can be depleted and thirsty for nutrition. Protein is an essential building block for muscle fibers to be able to rebuild after being worked.
- Stretch – Using a foam roller to gently glide along tired muscles can help push out toxins and lactic acid buildup.
- Take a shower – If you are able to take a 15 minutes shower post workout, switching back and forth between cold and hot water which will help flush out lactic acid and prevent muscle soreness.
- Protect your body – Speed up recovery time by including foods that help prevent inflammation. Some great ideas include Broccoli, tuna, Moringa, avocado, which are high in vitamins B6, K and C. Also consuming almonds, flaxseed, salmon, which are rich Omega 3’s can bring good recovery results.