Recovery: How To Do It & Why It's Important!

When running and working out became such big passions in my life, I used to throw together an impossible schedule of 3 classes a day + a run for up to 7 days a week. I was so overly ambitious in getting workouts in, that I often found myself injured. Smarter and wiser now, I have learned the importance of recovery. And how vital it is to know that recovery is a part of training too! It’s a hard lesson to learn (especially for runners), but once you can perfect the art of recovery, your runs become stronger and faster and you learn to workout more efficiently.

Here are some of my tips for recovery:

1. Stay hydrated - Water is so essential in training. I hydrate throughout my workouts, and make sure that I get even more water or electrolyte water within 10-15 minutes of completing my workout.

2. Stretch - Stretch immediately after your workout (while your body is still warm). Pro tip: set a timer for 10- 15 minutes to ensure you get quality stretching after each workout (just a couple of minutes is never enough!) 

3. Invest in a foam roller - Foam rolling has real science behind it. It’s a form of self-massage, that gets rid of adhesions in your muscles and connective tissue. It also helps increase blood flow to that area, in turn, speeding up your recovery time. Pro tip: set a timer for 10- 15 minutes for this one too! 

4. Take an ice bath after long runs or go to cryo - This one should be done after stretching. Ice baths/cryotherapy help reduce swelling while flushing lactic acid out of your body. I choose to go to cryotherapy since I can’t stand being in an ice bath, lol.

5. Invest in a good muscle and joint supplement - Whole body recovery starts from the inside out. Do your research and invest in a joint supplement with proven results. I use Forever Move™ from Forever Living. Forever Move™ is an all-natural food-sourced ingredient taken from eggs, delivers chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, glycosaminoglycans and key proteins like collagen (yasss!!). I take two capsules a day while I am stretching and foam rolling (after a workout). I notice that when I take it my bones aren’t making that clicking sound they make with movement, my recovery time is faster and I’m more flexible. Best of all Forever Move™ has an insanely concentrated form of curcumin from turmeric which is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

6. Eat a balanced meal - Another big one. You don’t have to quit the occasional pizza slice, but make sure your daily meals consist of lots of fruits and veggies!

7. Sleep well - Did you know that athletes sleep 8-10 hours a day? Your body needs sleep to rest and regenerate, so hit that snooze button every so often!

Implementing these seven recovery methods has dramatically changed the way that I workout. My body can handle more reps, longer runs, and overall just performs better. Best of all, I have been injury free for quite a few years now. What are some methods of recovery that you use?

This post is sponsored by my friends at Forever Living. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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