How do you cover your Recovery?
With most ambitious fitness enthusiasts, people want physical results fast. You will sacrifice many things in order to increase your Clean 1RM, improve your “Fran” time, or complete the workouts “Rx”. Whether you have to come in to the gym 5-6 days/week or sacrifice your technique, people want results as quickly as possible.
While putting your body through all these outside physical and mental stressors, do you take as much or even half the time to let your body recover appropriately? This is where we need to look a bit deeper.
Think of your body as your bank account. In order to have a high yielding account, you need to be making Benjamins and depositing into your account to stay in the green. If you are constantly buying new toys, clothes, and withdrawing, you will see your balance fall into the red.
Now, picture your account as your body. If you are making lots of withdrawals (working out 4-6x/week, eating/sleeping poorly) and not depositing (soft tissue work, flexibility/stability work, sleep, proper energy intake) you will find yourself in the red or acquire a physical injury/ailment.
Simply, be aware of your body and the methods you use to improve your abilities while staying within your overall holistic state of well-being. Here are a few tips to help make the right deposits into your body’s bank account.
- Sleep 7-8 hours/night
- Fuel your body within 30mins post-workout w/a 3::2 Carb to Protein ratio supplement. This could be with food or liquid form. Discounts @strength.com/kendallsquare
- Take 10-15 mins 3-5x/week to work on soft tissue release and flexibility/mobility