Recovery – by Coach Heather

What does Recovery look like to you?  Is it just sitting down after a workout?  Is it eating junk food after a workout?

Recovery is defined as a period of rest for the body to be restored to a state where it can exercise at high intensity levels.

Sleep is one of the most important components of an effective recovery program.  The days that you have a high-intensity workout make sure you get adequate sleep so you wake up the next day feeling recovered before your next workout.

There are other strategies such as compression socks, cool Epsom salt baths, foam rolling, stretching and just plainly putting your feet up.

One of the hardest components to manage is recovery.  We have to balance life – work, family, children, etc.  We are always taking care of others and what they need.  There comes a time that we need to think about ourselves.  Injuries and OTS (over training syndrome) occur when you don’t take the time to recovery (taking care of you).

When I have a 2 hour brick or do a mock Triathlon I make sure I have my compression socks/shorts/pants and OOFOS recovery shoes with me.  As I am on my feet a lot I have compression pants to wear to work.  Also, I have to think about recovery for my feet.  You can combine any of the above recovery strategies.

Nutrition is defined as the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health/sports.  Recovery after a workout should be essential.  Macros and micros are very important.  It’s huge because of EPOC (exercise post oxygen consumption).  As you’re going about the rest of your day and recovering your body is metabolizing what it has had all day.  Depending on what you put in it as to how your body will metabolize it and burn the necessary calories from your workout.  I always have a healthy snack on me after a hard workout no matter the duration.  I know that I am going to be hungry!  I want to eat all the food!  So I don’t grab the wrong stuff I have a snack to prevent putting stuff I don’t want in my body!

Nutrition is defined as the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health/sports.  Recovery after a workout should be essential.  Macros and micros are very important.  It’s huge because of EPOC (exercise post oxygen consumption).  As you’re going about the rest of your day and recovering your body is metabolizing what it has had all day.  Depending on what you put in it as to how your body will metabolize it and burn the necessary calories from your workout.  I always have a healthy snack on me after a hard workout no matter the duration.  I know that I am going to be hungry!  I want to eat all the food!  So I don’t grab the wrong stuff I have a snack to prevent putting stuff I don’t want in my body!

This could be an endless article but lets save some for next week!  Let’s start here with your recovery!

What are your recovery strategies going to look like after a workout for you?

Let me hear how you’re recovering now and what you’re going to change!

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