Though it may not be the first thing you think of, recovery is a big part of your workout routine. Finding the time to recover properly can definitely be a challenge. But taking even just a few minutes each week can go a long way in maximizing your workouts, preventing injury, and preparing you for your next workout.
Here are five simple recovery techniques to incorporate post-workout:
The short period of time following a workout is a great time to stretch and work on your flexibility. Instead of jumping into the car and heading off to the next part of your day, take a few minutes to stretch post-workout. Not only will you give your body a chance to cool down, but you’ll also improve your range of motion.
2. Foam Roller
Foam rolling can be a great way to work on your mobility before a workout and can help with recovery post-workout. Using a foam roller helps to circulate blood flow, and it pairs well with stretching.
3. Rest Days
It’s easy to get excited about a new workout program and end up skipping the proper amount of rest days. But working out day after day after day without any recovery days can put you on the path of overtraining and burnout. Remember that rest days are vital to rebuilding your body (and your mind) and preventing injury.
4. Epsom Salt Bath
A warm bath is going to help ease the soreness in your muscles and joints. Adding Epsom salts takes it to another level. It’s another excellent way to relieve muscle aches and soreness and even prevent them.
One of the easiest ways to recover properly from your workouts is to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep is vital to recovery as it helps your body deal with the stress from your workouts, as well as your daily life. As you sleep, your body has a chance to recover and rebuild.
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