How to Maximize Workout Recovery Time
It took training for quite some time and even an injury for me to realize that rest and recovery is really an important part of any workout program. Or should I even say, essential.
Sure, we all see those fitspo messages about taking a day off but most of them make it seem like resting is a dirty word. Which, in all honesty, is really very silly. I get it, it’s easy to get caught up in “the grind” but if you keep pushing yourself past your limits, you’ll lead yourself right to injury.
It’s not that we don’t all know this, it’s just that it’s so hard to slow down? Why? Well, for me it’s because I’m a fast paced kinda person so slowing down in any capacity is a struggle. In order to make recovery a real part of my routine (and not just a buzzword), I follow a few simple steps.
Schedule it in.
Sounds silly right, scheduling in recovery? But I do. Just like I schedule in my Ultimate Sandbag strength workouts, my speed work and my long runs, I schedule in recovery time.
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No joke. Not only is it written in my training program and put it on my to-do list (because then I can scratch it off which is super satisfying). I also mark it on my calendar, like this multi-functional. Cut along the dotted line and turn it into a pretty floral notecard for someone else…or yourself….I’m constantly writing myself notes.
Create a relaxing space.
Just like I have a dedicated workout space, I also have a little area devoted to cool down and recovery. Sounds a bit extreme but I used to be one of those runners that would skip the cool down completely. Creating a space near my workout area not only gently reminds me that I need to do it but also makes me want to do it.
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Don’t be afraid to invest in a super soft suede like yoga towel, a scented candle for ya know, ambiance (can’t skip the ambiance) which helps to create an atmosphere which promotes recovery and reduces stress.
Invest in the right tools.
Just like you invest in a good pair of running shoes, you also need to invest in the right recovery tools. After I stretch it out, I always roll it out.
My favorite tool? The Addaday Type C roller, among a few others of theirs. Along with regular adjustments (my hubby is a chiropractor), I use the roller not only for recovery but procovery to stay ahead of the game.
Pack in some protein.
Lastly, maximize your workout recovery time by packing in some protein with a healthy smoothie like this Iced Coffee Protein Smoothie.
As with all my smoothies, this one is gluten free, dairy free and made with plant protein. While this is one is a fav of mine, I have another recovery-specific smoothie comin’ at you on Friday so be sure to check back!
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