Do you really believe that you spend more time after a class or workout than you do for active recovery or stretching? It is crucial to properly recover from any type of physical activity for several reasons. This allows for muscle healing and repair as well as improved performance and a lower risk of injury.
There are many ways to incorporate recovery in your post-exercise routine. However, this article will focus on how to recover from a boxing class.
- This is obvious: Drink water. When you work hard, your body can lose a lot. Dehydration can make it more difficult for your body to heal. Coconut water, natural fruit waters, and sports drinks like Powerade/Gatorade can also be useful in replenishing electrolytes.
- Proper nutrition is essential. Amino acids, which are proteins made up of protein, are essential for rebuilding and restoring damage to your body from exercise. Your body needs both carbs and fats to perform at its best. Your goals will determine the diet you choose. If you’re trying to lose weight, maintain your weight, build/tone muscles, or gain muscle, your intake will be very different. However, proper nutrition is crucial to your recovery.
- It is important to stretch after a hard workout. It is important to not overdo your stretching if you do it after your first workout. If your muscles aren’t warm enough, stretching can cause more harm than good. Listen to your body to determine what your body needs. Foam rolling is an excellent option!
- It is possible to use heat/ice alternately with recovery aids like CBD, non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatories (NSAIDS), such as Advil, Aleve, Naproxen, Ibuprofen, Naproxen and Advil. These modalities can be especially useful if you have any pain or an existing injury.
- Sleep, sleep, sleep. Good quality sleep is the best thing for your body. To get some sleep, make sure you’re comfortable. This is a key aspect of recovery. It allows your brain to rest and heals.
It is important to have a simple routine after class to ensure that your muscles are fully recovered and you feel cool. There are many other ways you can go about your recovery, but these are the key elements to making sure that you feel great and ready for your next class.