Jenna Pardini – “How to Recover After a Tough Workout”
In order to see any changes in your body, it is important to find the right combination of a healthy diet and adequate exercise plan. However, a healthy lifestyle is often accompanied by tough workouts that can leave you feeling sore and lethargic. Fortunately, there are a number of simple, effective solutions that can help you to quickly recover and better prepare you for the next workout.
EAT AND DRINK PROPERLY
After losing fluids during your workout, it is important to replenish the water your body is missing immediately following exercise. While it is important to get eight 8-oz. glasses of water everyday, on particularly tough workout days, you need even more. It is also important to eat properly and enjoy a snack or small meal within one hour of your most recent workout.
GET SOME SLEEP
You will likely feel more tired on the days that you have had a tough exercise session. Take advantage of this and make sure to get a good night’s sleep to allow your body to repair itself and so that you can awake feeling refreshed and ready to face the next workout.
Sports massages and muscle rollers can help to quickly target the exact area of pain or discomfort. After a small amount of usage, you will experience fast, noticeable results with a roller. This is a natural solution to your pain, so there are no side effects to worry about. Best of all, rollers can help prevent future injuries and help you enjoy a better, more thorough workout going forward.
STRETCHING AND ACTIVE RECOVERY
Engage in gentle stretching and active recovery to help improve circulation, reduce soreness, and assist your muscles in repairing and refueling themselves. Stretching is important after any tough workouts and utilizing a foam roller during your next session can take your stretch to a whole new level.
-Jenna Pardini @jennapardini