How much time do you spend in the gym physically working to improve your body shape and how does this compare to the amount of time spent watching re-runs of X-Factor or Friends?
This is a question many of us would rather avoid but if we do exercise regularly and put in the necessary time and effort, which we must if we want to change our body, then we should also spend the required time recovering from our chosen type of exercise.
When we hit the gym, we are applying a stimulus to our body in the hope it will change. Many factors determine whether this change will occur including the type and intensity of exercise, our diet and period recovery to name a few. The change to our body will be limited if we don’t recover properly.
The quicker and more efficiently we recover; the greater the progress we make. In saying that, if you’re walking on the treadmill for an hour each time you go to the gym, then recovery is not needed as the stress is only minimal to the systems of the body. If you fail to recover properly, then performance and health will usually suffer.
So what are the best ways to speed up recovery? Eating non processed food is important as it supplies the body with the nutrients it needs. Consuming whole real food along with herbs, spices and omega 3 fish oils can help to reduce inflammation brought on by exercise. Sleep can also regulate our recovery. Sleep is the primary time for growth and repair in the body. Most people need 7-9 hours of restful sleep each night to perform at their best. Eating immediately after your workout can also speed up recovery. Other examples of recovery would include meditation, reading, a leisurely swim or walk and spa treatments.
The ability to change your body is dependant on progress. If you carry out the same activity in the gym over and over again with no new stimulus applied; then your body will continue to look the same. It is a progressive idea to get a program designed for you the next time you go to the gym to encourage you to train hard and continue to progress.
For example, lift a heavier weight this week than you did last week. Then you’ve done what most people fail to do and you have added a new stimulus. Your ability to continue to add new stimuli will be determined by how much recovery you take so if recovery after a hard workout is compromised, then progress to a new and better looking body will also be jeopardised.
If you train hard and consistently, then you should also prioritise recovery strategies daily. These strategies aren’t as important for the sedentary population but implementing the strategies will definitely help in you leading a healthier lifestyle. Better recovery is better progress and it will lead to a new you.
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