A Faster Recovery

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While working out effectively is very important if you are looking to change your fitness and body shape, rest and recover is crucial as well. Sometimes it can be easy to overlook the importance of rest and ensuring you receive the proper nutrients when carrying out a fitness regime. Sadly, regular overlooking of these elements will lead to injury or a failure to improve your fitness. This means that you need to start paying attention to your post exercise recovery regime.


One of the biggest reasons why the recovery process is important is that it helps to repair muscles and tissue. This is a crucial part of the strength building process, which is extremely important for people that are working with weights. In general, a muscle can take between 24 and 48 hours to recover and rebuild itself. If you work a muscle too soon, it will cause a tissue breakdown as opposed to building it up properly. Ideally, you should not be looking to exercise the same muscle groups two days in a row.

Drinking fluids can help to improve the recovery period

There are a number of ways that people can help to minimise the recovery process and one of the simplest is to replace any fluids lost during exercise. If you are not able to take liquids on board during your workout, you should be looking to take on an appropriate amount of liquid after you have completed your workout. The importance of water cannot be stated enough for anyone looking to lead a healthy lifestyle.


Another way to ensure that you develop a better recovery process is to stretch properly after a workout. A gentle stretching at the end of your workout routine can help to ensure that your muscles are placed in a better state at the end of your routine. This aids the recovery process and should help you to return to the gym in top condition at a faster rate.

Supplements can play a key role in reaching peak fitness

Supplements can play a role in shortening the recovery time without impacting on the quality of the recovery. Protein plays a crucial role for anyone looking to get fitter or to build muscle. It is possible to get protein from many foods but these are not always the easiest to consume after a workout. This is where taking protein supplements or shakes can ensure that your body gets the immediate support it needs at the right time. These exercise gainers can help to ensure that your body is ready to go for another workout in a shorter period of time.

Ice baths can be a daring way to reduce the recovery period

One of the ways that many professional athletes seek to reduce the amount of recovery time they have is to use ice baths. This may sound extreme but it all depends on how fully committed you are to obtaining the best level of fitness. Ice baths or an ice massage have not been fully backed by scientific research but their use by so many professional sporting teams has certainly given them a level of endorsement that many people are happy to take note of.


Another thing that will help someone to recover fully is to get a full night’s sleep. If you don’t regularly get your eight hours sleep every day, your muscles will not repair as quickly as you would like. If you have trouble sleeping or you don’t sleep as much as you should, look into improving your sleeping patternsto ensure you are better equipped to work out regularly in the gym.


About The Author

Following the birth of his son in 2009, Paul was unfit and sluggish. Since then he's been training using a range of exercise techniques and gained some valuable information over the years. Events he has completed to date are Total Warrior, Pier To Pier, Bamburgh 10k, Hamsterley 10k, Blaydon Races, Newcastle Stampede and over 50 parkruns. In 2012 he created his own challenge called the '12 Days of Christmas.' He raised over £1000 for Percy Hedley by running 60 miles to celebrate their 60 years. In 2013 he ran the '12 parkruns of Christmas' with friend Lee Nyland. The pair raised over £1400 for the Tiny Lives Fund.


  1. I bet I speak on behalf of a few people here when I say “I don’t drink enough water throughout the day.”

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