As I have been kicking it into high gear the past few weeks in preparation for my spring triathlon races, I’ve noticed that I need to pay much more attention to my recovery and rest. Upping either the intensity or the duration of workouts can really take a toll on your body and recovery techniques become much more important to ward off injury. It is just as essential to recover after hard workouts as it is after a race. Today, I am sharing my tips on How To Recover After A Hard Workout.
How To Recover After A Hard Workout
Embrace the rest day
I am the first to admit that I have worked out on my “rest days” (oops). Now that I am in a more intense prep phase for my races, I am beginning to understand the importance of taking a rest day. Rest days don’t mean hot yoga or “easy” swims or runs. Rest days really mean rest days with maybe some very light stretching. Your body will thank you.
Truly recover after your workout
Also guilty of not really doing a true recovery. In the past, I’ve come home and jumped in the shower only to run off to the grocery store or to meet a friend at the mall or run off with the kids somewhere. Taking time stretch and properly refuel is part of your workout.
Stretch & Roll
Also guilty of putting off my stretch and foam roll session only to realize at bed time that I never did it. I am scheduling this time into my day now so that it is truly part of my workout.
I’ve been so much more tired the past few weeks and have been trying to make getting 30 min more of sleep a priority. Getting the hubs on board with this plan is a little more challenging. I’ve never been a napper but 2 times last week I just had to crash on the couch for a quick 15 minutes. It did wonders!
Properly feed your body
I have always been pretty good with my food choices but I have realized lately that I need to pay more attention to post workout nutrition. I often don’t feel like eating immediately after a hard sweat session however, I know that a small snack of carbs and protein will help me recover faster. I am also making sure I am eating more anti inflammatory foods such as roasted beets, spinach, tomatoes and berries.
That bright yellow spice that flavors yummy curry dishes has recently become popular with foodies and athletes as an anti-inflammatory aid. Obviously, it’s not easy to add it straight into all of your foods. I was given a sample of Natrol® Extra Strength Turmeric capsules with CurcuWIN® to test out. While it’s still too soon for me to tell the full effects on my recovery, I like the idea of a natural way for my body to take advantage of the superfood benefits of Turmeric. The Natrol® Extra strength Turmeric capsules contain “CurcuWIN®” which allows your body to absorb the benefits of Turmeric much more effectively. I will be keeping these capsules in my recovery plan and hope that they will help me stay on top of my game. If you’d like to find out more info on how to add them into your recovery plan see here.
This post is sponsored by Natrol® however all opinions are my own.
Tell me, how do you recover after hard workouts? Any tips for me?