The feeling of completing a hard workout is great, but sometimes the fatigue and soreness that follows in the coming days can make it difficult to get back in the gym and keep improving. This is why nearly just important as the workout itself is learning how to recover quickly and effectively. Try these five tips for making the most out of your post-workout recovery!
1.Know What to Eat
In general, keeping your diet in check outside of your workouts is crucial to recovery. If you’re eating nutrient-rich foods and the right amount of calories, you will have sufficient fuel to make it through your workouts and recovery from difficult ones.
Sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your body when it comes to not only recovery, but improving your fitness in general. Prioritize sleep just as much as you would a workout—aim for at least seven hours a night, if not more.
Stretching and cooling down after a workout can relieve some muscular tension and help avoid serious soreness later. Try to allot time after all of your workouts to make sure you get some quality stretching in.
4.Try Active Recovery
If you’re looking to avoid a full rest day but your body is still feeling a little beat up, stay loose with some active recovery. Light movement (like a walk, short bike ride, yoga, etc.) can help alleviate soreness before you return to the gym.
5.Know When to Back Off
Sometimes the best recovery is knowing when to back off from your workouts. If you aren’t making many strength improvements or just feeling beat up, considering listening to your body and taking some extra rest. If not a full rest day or active recovery, deload weeks (less lifted weight or overall work) can also be helpful for overcoming plateaus and stalls in your progress.
Any other tips you’ve found that help you recover from workouts quickly? Let us know in the comment section below!