Well-Being1st February 2017

5 tips to maximize your post-workout recovery

The opportunity for recovery is always there – from the moment you wake up to when you go to bed. Recovery helps us to adapt to the demands of training, so that we can become fitter and healthier. Without adequate recovery, we run the risk of over-training, injury and poor health.Fortunately, there are a number of strategies you can use to boost recovery after training. Here are our top 5 tips for maximizing your recovery.

#1 Be serious about your eating habits

Your recovery potential actually begins in the hours (and days) before your workout. Optimal and balanced nutrition throughout the day will affect the quality of recovery in a big way. Adequate carbohydrate, protein and fat consumption from whole, natural foods will not only ensure optimal energy during training – it will also accelerate the necessary tissue repair post-workout.

#2 Push the boundaries but not beyond

Understand how training intensity and volume affect recovery. In simple terms, intensity and volume should be managed in opposition:If you workout at a high intensity, use a lower volume (load, time, frequency).The bottom line: know your skills, ability and limits - it’s absolutely OK to push the boundaries in your workout, just don’t destroy them.

#3 Stay hydrated

Proper hydration is more than just drinking enough water during exercise. Optimal cellular hydration is dependent on maintaining an electrolyte balance during and post-workout, to off-set any losses through sweating and other metabolic processes.EVO Tip: Sipping on an isotonic sports drink during and after exercise will ensure electrolytes are quickly replaced, and will dramatically reduce your recovery time.

#4 Don't skip the warm up and cool down

An intelligent warm up will prepare your body, allowing you to get the most out of your workout without over-training. Be sure to include activity to raise heart rate, as well as mobility and muscle activation exercises.When it comes to the cool down, be sure to lower your heart rate progressively and keep the focus on good range of movement. Flexibility exercises including foam rolling and dynamic stretching will restore circulation and boost psychological health.

#5 Get enough physical and mental rest

While it’s always important to get enough quality sleep, there are other activities that can promote recovery, which can be practiced during the day.Meditation is one such practice that can support recovery through a combination of physical rest, breathing techniques and mindfulness. Whether it’s a 5 minute meditation post-workout or a 10 minute mediation before sleep, you will notice the recovery benefits very quickly.Don't forget to share your favorite post-workout strategies with us via Facebook and Instagram!