Recovery – A Crucial Component for Athletic Success

If you’re at all serious about performing better in your racing and staying healthier, then take heed to this saying: “When you’ve finished training, you’re still not finished with training!” Here’s what I mean: You must attend as much to recovery as you do to active exercise if you expect to reap the benefits of hard training. In other words, how well you recover today will be a huge factor in how well you perform tomorrow. Exercise, done properly, creates enough stress on your muscles and cardiovascular system to instigate a rebuilding and strengthening program, but without causing big–time damage. Your body responds by adapting to the stress you placed upon it. Too much exercise at once leads to over–training syndrome. If you train within limits, but fail to supply your body with adequate fuel and nutrients, you get pretty much the same thing: over–use symptoms such as weakening, increased susceptibility to infections, and fatigue.

Recovery includes many factors, including rest, stretching, muscle stimulation, and sleep, but we will limit our present discussion to the nutritional aspects. This article will cover the four essential nutritional areas of recovery: rehydration, the two macronutrients (carbohydrates and protein), and micronutrients (primarily antioxidants). Continue reading at: http://www.hammernutrition.com/knowledge/recovery-a-crucial-component-for-athletic-success.1278.html

Here are a few hightlights

  • Rest. Time is one of the best ways to recover (or heal) from just about any illness or injury and this also works after a hard workout.
  • Stretch.
  • Eat Properly.
  • Replace Fluids.
  • Have a Massage.
  • Get Lots of Sleep.
  • Avoid Overtraining. Excessive exercise, heavy training at every session or a lack of rest days will limit your fitness gains from exercise and undermine your recovery efforts.

Listen to Your Body for a Faster Recovery!

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