Post-exercise recovery is vital for better athletic performance, reaching your goals, and maintaining better health overall. There are actually different types of muscle recovery and knowing the difference can be helpful to maximize your recovery time and build more strength and endurance in the long term.
Recovery is a vital part of training and skipping this step can lead to unwanted effects such as fatigue, higher rates of injury, less effective workouts, issues with sleep and aches and pains.
There are three types of recovery: during-workout recovery, immediate post-workout recovery and recovery days.
During workout recovery is the rest you have between sets in a workout. This break allows you to catch your breath and lets your muscles reset for the next round or set.
Immediate post-workout recovery relates to the period after a workout has been completed and it allows your muscles to recovery after a session. For the first 20 minutes after exercise, it is suggested you keep moving, by walking around or doing some dynamic and static stretches. This can help alleviate muscle soreness and inflammation straight after exercise and the following day.
Recovery days relates to a day off from intense exercise. This doesn’t mean engaging in no activity at all, but simply reducing activity and participating in activities such as Yoga, Pilates, going for a walk, or practicing meditation or mindfulness.
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