Setting aside recovery time is essential in your quest for a strong, fit, and healthy physique. What’s more, proper recovery wards off injury, exhaustion, inflammation, bad workout experiences, and more.

Here are some recovery tips to implement amidst your workouts at the Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym:

  1. Schedule recovery off days and weeks. Just like your workouts, your recoveries should be planned out. Every 3-5 weeks take on a chill exercise routine at the Pivotal Fitness Greenville athletic club to reset and refresh. Only take on half your typical exercise load. Each week, set a recovery day, where you take on a more relaxed workout, such as yoga or light cardio.
  2. Massage it out. Receiving a massage or giving yourself a self-administered massage (with a foam roller) can reduce muscle stiffness, boost circulation, and promote a state of relaxation in the muscle.
  3. Greenville yoga. On your recovery days or between intense workouts, aim for a more relaxing experience and practice some yoga at the Pivotal Fitness Greenville sports club. Choose a restorative or yin yoga class.
  4. Get enough shut-eye. Proper sleep promotes recovery from intense training. Hormones are released in the body during sleep, which assist the muscle building process. Shoot for 8 hours per night.
  5. Drink water. Proper hydration boosts the recovery process. Get the minimum amount of water intake per day: 3.7L/day for males and 2.7L/day for females.
  6. Nourish your body. Get an adequate supply of protein after your workouts. Protein is important to the recovery process because it rebuilds muscle tissue and supplies the building blocks for many different cells, tissues, enzymes, and hormones. Carbs, on the other hand, are also necessary to refuel after your workouts. Post-workout, it is recommended that you enjoy a healthy snack that contains roughly 50 grams of carbohydrates and 30 grams of protein.

Recover right to keep on keepin’ on with your progress at the Pivotal Fitness Greenville health center.

This weekend was physically rough. I got in 5 hours of yoga meets martial arts on Saturday and made the terrible mistake of not really taking care of my body post-workout. So, now that I’m moaning and groaning as a result of physical discomfort, I took it upon myself to do a little research. What should I have done differently in order to avoid the severe soreness and muscle fatigue? What should you be doing post-workout at the Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym?

  1. Hydrate! After you workout at the Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym, it’s super important (especially as summer approaches) to replace the fluids you lost. Lack of hydration will delay your recovery process. Stay on top of it and hydrate with water or my preference, coconut water, to reimburse your body with all those lost electrolytes.
  2. Refuel. Within 60 minutes post-workout you need to nourish your body. Eat up on a healthy source of protein or complex carbs to energize and aid the recovery process.
  3. Relax and restore. After you do something intensely physical, it’s important to grant your body a break. Take a day off to take it easy with some gentle stretching and/or restorative yoga. Do yourself a favor and check out our Greenville yoga classes.
  4. Book a massage. Get some deep tissue stimulation going to enhance circulation and relaxation. I think I might be booking one of these today to make up for my lack of recovery efforts.
  5. Ice. Take an ice bath or place ice packs on areas of soreness. This should happen within 24 hours of your workout for it to be most effective.
  6. Get some shut-eye. Magical things happen when you get good quality Zzz’s. As you sleep, your body produces Growth Hormone (GH) which induces tissue growth and repair. Sleep is definitely not overrated. It’s completely necessary, especially after high intensity physical exercise.
  7. Snooze, don’t booze. Drinking post-workout can actually impair your body’s ability to recover quickly and effectively. I know it’s tempting. Nothin’ like a cold beer to top off a crazy, sweaty workout, right? Avoid the temptation.
  8. Roll out. Get a foam roller to release a lot of the soreness that accompanies an intense workout. Roll it out to remove knots and prevent body imbalances from surfacing.

Play it safe post-workout at the Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym. Recover mindfully or you may be sorry.