Being the best and having the physique of an athlete is not only about training hard. You need to recover well and properly to stay fit.
Too many guys think it’s all about training. Of course, you won’t be able to look great if you don’t constantly exercise, but you can never achieve your best physique – and maintain it over a long period of time – if you don’t listen to your body and give you a chance to fully recover between workouts.
The five recovery paths listed here are considered essential for the body’s recovery from strenuous exertion and are now as important as training.
Some of them, like getting proper sleep and stretching, are free. Others, such as massage and acupuncture, you have to pay for. But they are all well worth the investment and go a long way toward creating the body you want.
All you need is to be open minded and ready to try them. You will never know what is best for you until you give it all a chance.
You cannot, as many think, “catch up” with a dream. The body doesn’t work this way. You need to get at least eight hours of sleep every night – preferably 10 if possible.
Consider this as part of your workout and plan for sleep the same way you plan your workout.
Many people postpone massage until later until their ligaments, joints, and muscles become so stiff that they can barely move. Don’t wait that long. Do massage to prevent stagnation in the first place.
Get a deep muscle massage, or a relaxing massage – or both, to release tension and improve range of motion.
Such procedures well relax muscles, relieve stress and remove toxins from the body. After a tough training day, I go for an acupuncture session.
The whole body immediately comes to life. And by the way, consult your doctor before using acupuncture.
Don’t stretch right before your workout: Many if not most studies show that this temporarily makes you weaker. But you still need to stay flexible, so stretch after training and in the evening before bed for 20 minutes.
And use the foam roller to break up the muscle knots where the contracted fibers are unable to relax (these are very painful and extremely irritating localized areas in the form of tight seals in the muscle tissue) and further release the tension.
Low-impact cardio on joints and ligaments is great, but what about without? Swimming is what makes your heart beat instantly. It also increases lung volume and prevents stiffness by making all joints work in full range of motion.