Infinite Potential Personal Trainer
What is recovery?
Basically the ability to shorten the time needed in between workouts so you can see more improvement faster!
Sore muscles are good! Something that doesn’t seem right? Not good. Sore muscles actually mean you have done your job during your workout and the muscles are growing / becoming stronger. If your muscles are painful to touch you probably overdid it a little and might want to wait until it’s more along the sore muscle range before working out again.
Here are a few things that will aid in recovery after your workout.
- Active recovery – get moving. Light weights or bodyweight, bike, minimal raised heart rate
- Stretching– if it makes you feel better and/or you have lost some range of movement
- Nutrition– this one is a very important part of recovery. Replacing carbs after a workout and making sure you are taking in enough protein is key
- Hydration – consuming enough water post workout to speed up muscle repair and prepare you for your next workout
- Sleep– also very important. Less than 7 hours hurts recovery, more than 7 is good but more than 9 hours sleep helps the most in recovery
- Massage and meditation – helps to decrease stress which delays recovery
The two biggest pieces to recovery I believe are nutrition, hydration and sleep.
Protein is very important. It helps repair and rebuild muscle after activity. Consuming the right amount provides building blocks to get that underway. It is recommended that you should consume 0.15-0.25 g of protein /lb of body weight.
Consuming carbs post workout replenishes your glycogen stores. 0.5-0.7g/lb of body weight is recommended up to 30 minutes post workout.
Fat should be limited right after your workout as it slows down the absorption of the other nutrients you may be taking in but consuming it won’t reduce the benefits.
Here is a list of some examples of some good post workout food
- Protein shake
- egg whites
- Greek yogurt
- green veggies
- Chocolate milk
- Nut butter
Hydration is also very important for recovery. Not just before the workout and during but after is almost more important!
Hydrating after working out provides the following benefits for ultimate recovery
- muscle repair
when we work out muscles actually get broken down and repaired (which is what builds the strength ). For this repair water is vital in speeding this process up as our muscles are made up of 75% water!
water helps with digestion by breaking down the food and absorbing the nutrients that our muscles need right after a workout- salts electrolytes (to name a few).
Getting at least 8 hours of sleep is vital in your recovery after a workout. When you sleep growth hormones are released helping repair muscles, build bones and burn fat. Make sleep a priority in your training, go to bed at the same time every night and wake up the same time in the morning, take naps in the day if you miss out on sleep. Try to increase sleep on the run up to an event or competition.
Try to add some of these recovery suggestions to your next week of workouts and see how you feel !