As far as fitness is concerned, recovery is just as important as the workouts themselves. If you don’t recover quickly or properly, you’re unable to keep up with your exercise regime. You might experience sore muscles for days, feel lethargic, and your motivation to keep going toward a goal can dwindle. Personally, I believe that looking forward to working out is a key to long-term success.
So, ladies, let’s talk about how to recover from your workouts faster and more efficiently. And, guess what? It’s not that hard, in fact, it’s incredibly simple! Here are some of my top tricks to feeling great faster after workouts.
Drink Lots of Water
I’ve seen some people compare the human body to the inner workings of a car engine. Without oil, the engine struggles to work. Well, water is the body’s oil…
Without proper hydration, our body can’t function optimally. For one, it encourages the removal of waste products – like lactic acid – which causes that nagging soreness in your muscles about 24 hours after you work out. An effective dose of H2O also hydrates you and replaces moisture that was lost through sweat. In turn, this restores your energy levels following your workouts. Try to drink at least half your body weight in ounces throughout the day and more while you are engaged in fitness activities.
Use a Natural Recovery Supplement
You can supercharge your recovery by investing in some natural recovery supplements. Seek post-workout shakes and other supplements that contain low or no added sugar and have quality ingredients.
Some other things to look for:
- Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)
CBD is also a popular supplement that could help with any pain and inflammation following a workout. There are two considerations here. First, look for products that have been created using the supercritical CO₂ extraction of CBD. Effectively, this means the CBD is as pure as can be, so it works better. Second, opt for topical supplements that you can rub directly to your muscles. You can do this before going to bed as it helps you wake up with minimal soreness.
Always Stretch Before and After
I can’t stress enough the importance of stretching before and after workouts. Doing appropriate, gentle stretches can help to minimize injuries, overuse, and soreness. Remember to warm up muscles gently and never push them so far it hurts. Stretching should feel mildly uncomfortable at the worst. For post-workout stretches, you can usually do a little more as muscles are warm and loose.
Get Enough Rest
Sleep is literally how and when your body recovers from any trauma. And, yes, exercise can cause trauma to the body. Be sure you get no less than six hours of sleep if you can. Even better, get eight hours every night, at least. If you’ve done a particularly taxing workout, consider napping or resting quietly for an hour or two.
Recovering from workouts properly helps you stay on track and enables you to feel all the benefits of staying fit. Above all else, listen to your body and give it what it needs before, during, and after workouts.