How Recovery Helps You Become Fit
Overtraining is one of the most common mistakes people make when they start a new exercise regiment. And we totally get it. After all, you’ve made a commitment to this new lifestyle and you want to see results. Now. But training too often and too hard without giving your body the time it needs to rest and recover can be detrimental to your fitness and can derail your training in the long run. Here’s what you need to know about optimizing your recovery time to benefit your fitness:
We cannot overstate just how important sleep is for an active, healthy lifestyle. Your body needs sleep to regenerate and repair the cells and muscle tissue that you have broken down during your workouts. You might feel extra tired after a hard workout or after starting to add something like strength training into your workouts, and that just means your body needs extra sleep. Honor your body’s needs by going to bed earlier than normal, and stick to a regular sleeping/waking schedule, even on your off days.
Stretching is key for your muscles and should be incorporated as a regular part of your cool down routine. In addition to cooling down your muscles, regular stretching will increase your flexibility, improve your posture, and improve your ability to relax (which will help you sleep). Remember to breathe while you stretch, and never stretch to the point of pain. Yoga classes or routines are great ways to get extra flexibility through guided stretches on your off days.
Drinking water isn’t only important before and after tough workouts. In order for your body to perform at its peak ability, it needs to be hydrated. Avoid alcohol or excessive caffeine, even on your off days since these beverages work to dehydrate you. Aim to drink at least 100 ounces of water per day, everyday.
When it comes to recovery, listen to your body. If you are still sore a couple days after your workout, you might need to take it easy still instead of trying to go hard again. On the flip side, you might feel great the day after a tough workout and be able to workout even though you were planning a rest day. Above all else, listen to your body. It will tell you when it’s time to step back and rest so that you can come back stronger than ever. For more ideas on how to include recovery into your fitness routine, contact us.
David Michael Gilbertson is the founder and president of 3 Elements Lifestyle, LLC., a Fitness and Weight Loss company that specializes in YOU!. With more than 15 years of experience owning, operating and managing clubs of all sizes, David lectures and delivers seminars and workshops on the practical skills required to successfully help you with your health and fitness goals. David also helps you build the teamwork, management and training necessary to open your own fitness center. Visit his Web site at: www.3elementslifestyle.com or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 805.499.3030