Do you ever feel like doing nothing but lay in your bed the day after a workout because you are so tired/sore? We have all been there, and the feeling can make us not want to ever workout again. As it turns out, taking a few days off of working out is actually good for you and increases your performance! It allows your muscles to heal and strengthen themselves. Here are a few tips on how to recover from a workout so you can get right back to it!
1. Everyone recovers different
If your running buddy is ready to hit the trials for another 5 mile jaunt the next day but you can barely walk, don’t fret! Everyone’s body is different, and we all recover differently and within different time frames.
2. Taking a break is optional
If you are feeling pretty good the day after a tough workout, you don’t have to be a couch potato the next day if you feel tired or sore. The best thing is to get up and get moving a little bit. This could be something as simple as some yoga or swimming. This will increase circulation and move your fibers and tissues so they get hydrated and heal quicker.
3. Food matters
Watch what you eat before and after you work out. Your workout snack can vary depending on the activity you will be doing, but foods that are high in carbs and protein are always a good choice.
4. Sleep is vital
Getting in that 8 hours a night is so important! Exercise can improve sleep quality, and sleep can improve your energy to complete the workouts! It’s a win win.
So next time you hit the gym or the trails hard, follow these simple tips to make sure you recover right and are back at it in no time!