Josh Biard, Athletic Performance Coordinator/Personal Training Manager at The Sports Club shares his fitness tip of the month about top workout recovery treatments and how adequate levels of rest help to provide mental health, hormonal balance, and muscular recovery.
Reasons why recovery is important:
Muscle Growth: Recovery enables your body to grow stronger by allowing the muscles that you have broken down through exertion to heal and recover. Your body cannot regenerate without proper rest.
Injury Prevention: Without taking the time to recover, not only will you experience a performance reduction, you also dramatically increase your risk of injury.
Mental Strength: As detrimental as physical fatigue is, mental fatigue may be even worse. Taking recovery days allows your mind to recharge, eliminating the possibility of burning out.
Hormonal Balance: Hormone levels related to muscle recovery, stress and mood are often adversely affected by inadequate recovery. Getting plenty of rest and recovery allows the restoration and proper balancing of your body’s hormone levels.
Signs of inadequate recovery:
Low energy levels
Chronic muscle or joint soreness
Training plateaus or regression
Just like setting your daily or weekly workout goals, set your recovery goals as well. Schedule out rest and recovery days as well as what specifically you will do to heal your body on those days.
My favorite recovery tools and treatments:
MAT (Muscle Activation Techniques); A revolutionary approach to the assessment and correction of muscular imbalances, joint instability and limitations in range of motion within the human body.
Thai Massage: Deep tissue massage technique that improves circulation, promotes the release of muscle tension and increased mobility and flexibility.
Hydrotherapy: Cold-water immersion contrasted with hot water immersion.More posts from September 2016