Recovering is a crucial part of any fitness regimen. Resting and recovering can be challenging to for some to do but allows for muscle repair, chemical and hormone balance in the body, improved mental state, and much more! Following the 80/20 rule is a great place to start. Training and eating well 80% of the time, resting and enjoying life 20% of the time! Some of our favorite recovery techniques include:
- Rest: Sleep allows your body and muscles to repair and recover quickly.
- Hydrate and Eating Well: Staying hydrated and refueling your body with nutritious foods help to restore your energy supply, allowing you to enhance your performance in the gym.
- Ice Baths: Taking an ice bath sounds awful, but has many benefits! Ice baths cause blood vessels to constrict, pushing the blood away from the muscles, relieving muscle tension.
- Stretching: Attending a less-intense yoga class on your recovery day is a great way to continue moving, while stretching out those sore muscles! Another great way to stretch out and relieve muscle tension is foam rolling.
Hang up those sneakers and have a happy rest day, #SnapNation!