Three Fast Tips to Boost Your Recovery Rate

As you make your way through your workout program, one thing that you need to take into account is the amount of recovery that you’re seeing between sessions. If you want to see optimal results from your workout, it’s going to be imperative that you’re seeing a good rate of recovery between each and every session that you do. If you don’t and go back into the gym before you have fully recovered, you’re just going to end up breaking your tissues down further and moving away from your goals rather than closer towards them.

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That said, there are things that you can do to help improve the recovery that you get. If you’re serious about making the type of results that you dream of, you need to be putting your best foot forward with each gym session.

Let’s take a look at a few of the top recovery strategies that you can begin to utilize.

Hot Baths
The first recovery strategy to consider is taking a nice hot bath. Hot baths are great because not only are they going to relax the body, but they’re going to help to increase the blood circulation throughout the cells as well.

This can help to bring more nutrients and oxygen to the muscle tissues, improving the repair process.

In addition to that, most people find that a hot bath will really help to ease the tension in the muscle that’s experienced, so this can really go a long way towards helping to reduce post-workout muscle soreness.

Stretching
Stretching is another great technique for reducing post-workout soreness and can also put you into a calmer state. Stretching should be performed daily for best results as it’s something that you have to work at with a high frequency level for it to be effective.

Make sure that you hold each stretch that you perform for at least 30 seconds for best results.

The good news about this is that if you increase your flexibility as well, that will help you perform better in the workout sessions that you do complete.

Foam Rolling
Foam rolling is the next type of recovery technique that is starting to get more and more popular among many different people.

Foam rolling is where you will place the sore and tense muscle body over top of a cylindrical piece of foam and then gently roll it back and forth over it.

As you do this you should feel some deep pressure building up and then the muscle easing and relaxing as you go.

Note that this may be slightly painful at first, but as you work into it, you’ll feel any knots in the muscle relaxing and eventually start to feel much better overall.

So there you have a few great techniques that will help you get back into the gym sooner again after each workout that you complete. Make sure you try one or two of them for yourself.

Brian Wright MS, CSCS, RKC II, NSCA-CPT
Director of Fitness, Sport and Spine Athletics
Bwright@ssrehab.com

 

 

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