Posted 6 months ago
It is widely understood that no professional athlete can be at the top of their game and at their peak performance without a highly successful and specifically designed recovery-based training programme. With all forms of exercise we are putting our bodies through strenuous periods of exertion which fatigues our muscles and therefore makes us more prone to injuries. And so we need to help our body recover in the correct way.
Here are a few pointers as to how you can aid your recovery:
- First of all, make sure you have a proper cool-down. If you have just completed an intense running session, allow yourself at least 5 to 10 minutes for a slow jog. This will help your heart rate and breathing to gradually return to normal. In addition, it will aid the process of effectively removing any lactic acid or metabolites from your muscles that might have been formed during the vigorous training session. An effective cool-down will also prepare your body and muscles for the next training session, whenever it might be.
- As soon as you have finished exercising, try and eat a nutritious snack which includes some simple form of protein and carbohydrates. This will help repair muscles and replenish your body’s glycogen stores. For example, I would normally eat a tuna salad sandwich on wholemeal bread or a banana, a protein snack bar and some nuts post-workout.
- Finally, stretch. Try and stretch within 20 minutes of exercising as the muscles will still be warm. A stretching routine that incorporates all the major muscle groups that you engaged during your exercise will allow the muscles to relax and greatly improve your flexibility and performance.
Have a look on the Nutri Heroes website and discover lots of different exercises to help your body recover from your tough training session!