Recovery is one of the most important parts of living a healthy lifestyle. Most people think of recovery as just physical, but the mind needs to recover as well. In order to perform your best throughout the day you need to take care of your body. By the end of this article you will learn and understand the top 4 ways to optimize recovery.
Sleep is one of the most important factors in terms of recovery. Researchers suspect that it is deep sleep that helps improve athletic performance because this is the time when growth hormone is released. Growth hormone stimulates muscle growth and repair, bone building and fat burning.
Minimal sleep, six hours or less for four days has been shown to affect cognitive function and mood. If you are new to exercise, you may be a lot sleepier after a long run that someone who’s a regular runner. Just like your diet, you need to evaluate your sleep needs based on how you feel. If you’re falling asleep as soon as you crawl into bed and struggling to wake up with your alarm, you are probably sleep deprived. Try getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night so you can feel and perform your best! We always suggest turning off electronics 30 minutes before bed to help relax the mind and body.
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When you are filling up a race-car you don’t put in low-grade gas you would find at a local gas station. You put in racing fuel so the car can perform its duties as best as it possibly can. Your body is the race-car and food is the fuel for your body. You should aim to have a well-balanced diet with all-natural foods such as vegetables, fruits, organic meat and fish. We always suggest fitness clients to stay away from preservatives and processed foods.
3. H2O (water)
Up to 60% of the adult human body is water. It is one of the main factors that help you survive. Water helps form saliva for digestion, keeps mucosal membranes moist, and it allows your body’s cells to grow, reproduce, and survive. Water also flushes body waste and toxins, regulates body temp, and many other primary functions of the body! As you can see, water plays a vital role in so many things throughout the body. We always suggest a minimum of 1 gallon per day. If you have trouble drinking that much, try incorporating fruits that are mostly made up of water to increase your water intake!
4. Cannibidiol (CBD)
CBD offers some unique benefits to both the physical and mental recovery process in the following ways: reduces inflammation in the area that may cause unnecessary damage to surrounding muscles; improves your quality of sleep to support the repair process; alleviates symptoms like pain, stress, anxiety, and muscle tension.
According to a 2018 review of 132 original studies published in Frontiers in Neurology, CBD can indeed reduce inflammation in the body and help improve pain and mobility in patients with multiple sclerosis. “It is anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, antiemetic, antipsychotic, and neuroprotective,” the review study’s authors wrote.
Whether you are working out physically and so sore it hurts to move or just mentally exhausted from working your butt off at work, recovery is critical for you to be performing at your best. When you find yourself fatigued, ask yourself if you have mastered these 4 steps (sleep, nutrition, h2o, and CBD) to optimize your recovery.