Rest And Recover To Double Your Gains - 4 Top Tips...
The opportunity for muscle growth starts the very second you stop lifting, and that growth can’t happen without a proper recovery strategy.
To get the most out of your workouts, you must always prioritise your post-workout recovery. So to stay on top of your game, and ensure maximum gains, you must:
#1 Don’t skip stretching
Allocate at least 20 minutes after every workout to cool down and stretch. By building this into your workout plan you are less likely to skip it. Stretching relieves muscular tension, aids flexibility and should be taken seriously.
#2 Think about what you eat after your workouts
The food you eat after your workout and throughout the day plays a huge factor in the quality of your recovery. Post workout protein is vital, especially if you haven’t eaten anything for hours, feeding your muscles the necessary fuel to grow and improve.
#3 Catch quality Zzzz's
So many people get less than six hours of sleep a night but many people, including athletes, may need up to 9 hours. This is the time when your body restores itself, makes you mentally stronger and a decent night’s sleep can massively impact your drive in training sessions.
#4 Rest days
For those who regularly visit the gym, rest days give your muscles a well-earned break. If you feel up to it, light cardio after a heavy strength training session will help stimulate blood flow and improve circulation to the muscles. Otherwise try walking or an easy bike ride to keep active during your recovery.