Well, well, well. It’s Friday. Took long enough! ; ) I’m looking forward to a long weekend and a short work week!
With Friday comes another round of #FitTipFriday. Today we are chatting about recovery.
To work out is one thing, but what do you do when you’re finished? Sit on the couch and watch Netflix? I’m guilty of that, but one thing I have been quite diligent about this year is my post-workout and post-run RECOVERY! It is so important to set our bodies up for a smooth recovery process, otherwise we will be sore, cranky, and not wanting to workout for days after.
So, how do you do it?
1. Refuel: It’s important to have something to eat (or drink) post-workout. No, I don’t mean stopping by Starbucks for a muffin and venti mocha whip frappuccino. A meal that has a nice balance of carbohydrates (to re-energize you) and protein (to energize and feed your muscles) is important. For me, this is mostly eggs and veggies, as I find that is what my body craves after working out, especially in the morning. Other times I will opt for a protein shake with either water or half water and half cashew milk to make it a bit more creamy. Try a few different things to see what your body responds best to!
2. Rehydrate: This is a no-brainer, but I thought I would add it in for good measure ; ) Rehydrating is all part of the refueling process. It’s important to rehydrate your body so you do not feel exhausted and tired all day. I mean, tiredness post-workout can be normal, especially if you really pushed yourself, but the last thing you want to do is grab a coffee IV thinking that will make you feel better. Nope, good ol’ fashioned water!
3. Stretching/Foam Rolling: Ah, good ol foam rolling. This has been a life saver for my quads and hamstrings since I have started running more consistently. It helps massage the muscles, and yes, sometimes it can hurt! The hurt is well worth it though. Additionally, a nice stretch after your workout will help your muscles recover – so long as you aren’t pushing yourself TOO hard in the stretch! I recommend a gentle yoga class if you want a change of scenery : )
4. REST! Yep, you need some sleep : ) Sleep truly is part of the recovery process as your muscles have the opportunity to rest, repair, and rebuild themselves while we are sleeping. Plus, who doesn’t love an excuse for a nap? “No, sorry, I can’t do that. My muscles are repairing.” *Snores*
Hopefully you find some of this helpful! Let me know what YOUR favourite tips are for recovering in a comment below : ) Happy Friday!