Fitness: The Importance Of Rest & Recovery

When it comes to training and fitness, as much as we’re all going crazy with the HIIT workouts, getting up at crazy o’clock and morphing ourselves into ‘fitness and wellness’ experts, we all need time to chill out and basically not be in the gym. Here are three things that I always do to recover from training.

1. Eat To Recover

After a big workout, refuelling with food should be the only thing on your mind (post-shower, of course!). If I train in the morning, I’ll eat when I get to work, which is probably longer than you should leave it after training but, usually, I’ll only do cardio or a quick HIIT workout in the morning. The evenings will usually be my heavier training sessions and then I’d eat about 60 minutes after these sessions. This meal would definitely include at least 25g of protein as well as loads of veggies, a starchy carb such as potatoes or rice and definitely some fats from avocado or cheese.

2. Take Time Out

The best thing to do when you’re feeling burned out is to properly rest up. Take a couple of days out even if you’ve planned workouts into your schedule. Listening to your body is the best thing to do.

3. Soak The Aches Away

If I’m really feeling the old DOMS (delayed-onset muscle soreness) then I always, always have a soak in the bath with some salts. Epsom salts with bubble bath always helps me out. Westlab Salts are my favourite, especially their new Super Salts which smell amazing and include arnica, spearmint and eucalyptus. Westlab have blended the finest and purest of mineral-rich salts with naturally therapeutic ingredients and have 0 synthetics. The smell is really relaxing too!

I’m in no way a fitness professional and these are just things that I find to help me when I recover from training! Just a little disclaimer.

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