Let’s be honest, DOMS might make us feel like we’ve worked hard but nobody wants to be in pain for days on end following a workout. We want to feel good about ourselves without having to worry about how much walking up the stairs is going to hurt the next day. Plus, if you’ve got the gym bug, you’re probably going to want to feel physically able to get back in there and continue working on your goals!
So what can I do?
Making sure that you have an adequate protein intake is one of the simplest ways in which you can reduce recovery time. Eating a sufficient amount of protein per day will ensure that your body is able to perform the required processes for muscle growth and repair.
Hydration is also incredibly important for recovery. During a workout the body loses up to 1.4 litres of water through sweat. This water must be replenished, as not doing so will result in dehydration, which causes muscle cramping.
Light exercise such as walking, swimming or yoga can help to promote active recovery. This will maintain your heart rate whilst encouraging blood flow to the joints and muscles as well as alleviating the build-up of lactic acid.
Stretching following a workout will help to improve your flexibility and range of motion as well increasing the flow of blood to your muscles.
No matter how comprehensive your diet and training regime, without sufficient rest you will not be able to optimise your potential. Sleep is so underrated and can work absolute wonders for your recovery time. Sleeping for 7-8 hours each night will enable your body to carry out vital functions and will help you to wake up feeling refreshed the following day.
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