You leave the gym after an intense lifting session (with your Cardillo Weight Belt, of course) after pushing yourself hard to complete your sets. You’re feeling great, so what can you do to keep the momentum going?
The answer is to look after your body and let your muscles repair. Proper recovery is key to maximizing your muscle gains and preventing injuries, especially after weight lifting and weight training. Skipping recovery can delay your body’s ability to grow muscle, and thereby slow down your progress. Here are some of our tips to make sure you’re in the best condition for your next lifting session.
Refueling your body with carbohydrates and protein is one of the most important things you can do after a big lift. Carbohydrates replenish your energy sources by releasing insulin, which restores the glycogen stores that were utilized during your workout. Protein provides your body with the amino acids necessary to repair and rebuild your muscles.
Staying hydrated is essential to keeping your body and your organs properly functioning. When you’re physically active, your hydration levels need to increase to replace the fluids you lost from exercising.
Quality sleep time and rest periods will allow your muscles to repair themselves more efficiently. Neglecting downtime for your body will increase your risk of injury and will negatively impact your performance when you get back in the gym. The amount of rest time you need will depend on the intensity of your workouts, so make sure you are listening to your body.
INCORPORATE ACTIVE RECOVERY
Active recovery calls for working your muscle groups after exercise, through activities like walking or stretching. It’s most beneficial when you complete these at your own pace, so don’t push too hard if you’re sore or in pain. Active recovery can take place between sets, during a cooldown, or anytime after your session.