Many factors go into improving your physical fitness and health. Getting in a great workout at the gym has a positive impact on your fitness. But even the time you spend outside the gym can get you closer to your fitness goals.
Recovery plays an essential role in your fitness and performance. And if you’re not getting the proper recovery in between workouts, it could be holding you back from getting results.
Here are some signs that your post-workout recovery could improve:
1. You’re not getting enough sleep each night.
Getting a good night’s sleep after a tough workout goes a long way in helping you recover. When you’re asleep, your body has a chance to repair and rebuild. Without enough sleep, you’re missing out on prime recovery time. Try to get six to eight hours of quality sleep each night, and you’ll notice a difference in your workouts.
2. You could be drinking more water throughout the day.
Just as sleep helps keep your body functioning well, so does staying hydrated. Drinking plenty of water before, during, and after a workout ensures that your body will be able to perform well. Try to keep a water bottle with you during the day to keep sipping water and stay hydrated.
3. You tend to skip the post-workout cool down.
After you’ve finished a workout, that cool down period is a great opportunity to bring your heart rate down and stretch. Taking five to ten minutes post-workout to work on your flexibility promotes good recovery and can prevent injury.
4. You can’t remember the last time you took a rest day.
Taking a day off from working out can sometimes be more challenging than it sounds. But for your body to recover completely from your workouts and allow for future improvements, it needs a chance to rest. Continuing to break it down without time to rest could lead to overtraining or a plateau in your fitness level.
5. You keep meaning to use the foam roller.
Just like taking a few minutes to stretch after a workout can improve your flexibility, using the foam roller between workouts is another good recovery technique. Foam rolling can help to loosen tight muscles and promote blood flow to your muscles to aid in recovery.
6. You’re always sore.
After a tough workout, feeling some soreness isn’t uncommon. However, if you’re always sore or you feel like you’re never quite recovered, then it’s a sign that your recovery routine could use some work. Check in and make sure that you’re trying some of the other suggestions on this list, like staying hydrated, getting plenty of sleep, resting in between workouts, and foam rolling when possible.
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