I know you’ll need some workout recovery tips over the next few weeks! Let’s face it, everyone is going to make New Year’s resolutions and “getting in shape” is always high on the list! Over the past 20 years I’ve become a pro at finding the best methods to ensure a fast workout recovery!
Exercise is hard on your body. Especially, if you haven’t worked out in a while and then jump back in with all the gusto of someone hell bent on achieving their New Year’s goal in a single workout. Your body needs workout recovery to help all the muscles heal. There’s a number of methods that you can use for workout recovery, but my favorite ways really just feel good!
What Helps Muscles Recover Faster?
I currently work with 2 personal trainers to help me with nutrition and weight training and have worked with countless other trainers over the past 20 years. They all have given me advice for the best workout recovery tips! I’ve gotten advice on what to eat and drink before and after a workout to make sure I’m getting the most out of my workouts as well as the best workout recovery.
What Is The Best Thing To Do After A Workout?
In the years that I’ve worked with certified personal trainers, some of the best tips for workout recovery that I’ve received have been to get rest, use ice and get massages! It’s why I love the spa and wellness industry so much. Proper workout recovery requires an overall wellness approach!
7 Tips For Workout Recovery
As it turns out there’s not ONE best thing to do after a workout. The best way to approach workout recovery is to live a life that’s focused on caring for your body on a regular basis. Working out puts added stress on the body. That stress can bring about many positive results, but it can also bring many side effects. Here’s 7 tips that I’ve been given over the years by fitness and nutrition professionals. If you want to try them, be sure to check with your physician first to make sure they’re good for you. These are what worked for me and my experience.
1. Proper Nutrition For Workout Recovery
Every personal trainer that I’ve ever worked with has emphasised proper nutrition. “Abs are made in the kitchen.” “You can’t outrun a bad diet.” Not one of them has emphasised starvation or severe calorie restriction. Instead they focused on a clean, healthy meal plan. My current trainer helps me outline the number of calories that I eat per day and helps me with a breakdown of where those calories come from in terms of protein, fats and carbohydrates.
2. Sleep For Workout Recovery
The body heals during sleep. There is just not enough emphasis on getting enough rest! Your body needs sleep! When I rest properly after heavy workouts, I always feel better.
3. CBD oil for Workout Recovery
Ella Cressman, wrote in our August CBD Advice From Our Experts article, “One main benefit of CBD is its anti-inflammatory property. Some of the first hemp infused products to the market (after 2014) were targeted at pain relief, followed by infused massage products. Practitioners, clients and home users may have seen a reduction in inflammation and relief from pain as well and increased skin health…read more”
I’ve used the ExPürtise Active Skin Balm for my own workout recovery and have loved it!
4. Massage For Workout Recovery
The day after and the 2nd day after a strenuous workout, I love massage! If I could afford to get a massage every week, I would, but instead, I will just do the massage myself. I will use the ExPürtise Active Skin Balm for massage on my legs, glutes, arms, chest and shoulders. Self massage is easy and is great for overall muscle recovery. I do get regular massages every month, but find that self massage after a hot shower with the ExPürtise Active Skin Balm really helps me feel better!
5. Stretch / Foam Roll For Workout Recovery
Full disclosure – this sucks! It doesn’t feel good. In fact it’s brutal. But every single trainer emphasises the importance of stretching. When I did CrossFit, they did a stretching warm up before every single session. I took a brutal High Intensity Interval Training class at my local gym for 3 years every Monday night that included 15 minutes of stretching at the end. The go-to advice from many trainers is to foam roll. This helps with myofascial release – breaks up any scar tissue and improves flexibility.
6. Ice / Cold Therapy For Workout Recovery
Whenever I’ve had a soft tissue flare up, I’ve always gotten the advice to use ice. When I met Pam and Andrea from MedSpa Distributors and they saw how much I worked out, Pam recommended their Thermalball.
When you use them cold, they constrict blood vessels and encourage the lymphatic system to clear fluids and damaged tissue by-products. Swelling is reduced and an analgesic effect is produced.
7. LED Light Therapy For Workout Recovery
It’s crazy right? How can light help with pain. I was the biggest skeptic. Until I tried it! Here’s what I learned from Pam about their LED Pain Belt!
“Clinical strength red light in 660 waves reach deep layers of the skin, to stimulate cellular repair and increase circulation, promoting a more vibrant, youthful complexion. Near infrared light deeply penetrates and causes thermal effects to increase tissue temperature, promote blood circulation, enhance metabolism, and improve cell viability and regenerative capacity. Accelerating healing of scars, wounds, cuts, and nerve damage.”
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Barry’s Home Care Routine for Workout Recovery
All I know is that LED has always been my go-to. I love to shower, do a self massage with some of the ExPürtise Active Skin Balm, then stretch and foam roll, then do an ice / cold therapy with Thermalball.
Then rest with the LED Pain Belt!
The ExPürtise Active Skin Balm, Thermalball and the LED Pain Belt are all available from the team at MedSpa Distributors. You can use all three on yourself or you can offer them for sale in your business, to help your clients with their workout recovery at home!
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