How to Make or Break Your Recovery
by Dr. Mike Venezia
Sleep: This is when your body and brain repair and re-energize. When you sleep, the brain releases hormones that aid in tissue growth and repair blood vessels.
Hydration: Your body is more than 90 percent fluid! Drinking enough water and maintaining the proper electrolyte balance throughout the day promotes better digestion, regulation of body temperature, and protects and supports soft tissue - especially your brain.
Nutrition: When it comes to nutrition, it can be difficult to figure out what works best for you. Focusing on proper post-workout nutrition will have a significant impact on how your body bounces back after intense training.
Active Recovery: Massage and stretching are great ways to relax muscles, improve blood flow, and reduce muscle adhesions and soreness after training. Massage therapy has also been shown to lower heart rate and blood pressure, improve immune function, and increase energy and alertness.