5 Ways to Speed Up Recovery
Here are 5 ways to make your recovery more efficient
1. Protein, protein, protein
I am not convinced about the research on post workout, pre-workout nutrition. but I do know this- you must have a sufficient supply of protein to grow and recover.. At least 1 gm per pound of body weight for hard training athletes. Get it in real food when you can. Shakes help also as do dairy products. With the shakes, give them a trial run to make sure that you don't have GI issues. Break into them slowly.
2.Rest- 8 hours is great, 9 is better. A nap is perfect. Read "Lights Out" for more info. That book is great and essential reading.
3. Massage- if you can afford it, deep tissue or ART works wonders. Ive been all "stoved up" before, and left the therapist feeling 18 again.
4. Dynamic mobility exercises- walking hand kicks, shuffling and touching the ground, work with an empty bar all help bring blood into the area and speed up recovery
5. Whirlpool treatment and ice baths- Not sure if they are researched very well, but anecdotal evidence indicates that they help.
Give these 5 modalities a try next time you are feeling over trained or stiff.
Thanks for reading, Steel