I was one a pro athlete and I really wanted to make sure that I get the best possible gains. I want to be stronger and faster and for me to do that, I have to train as hard as possible and as frequently as possible.
However, when doing this approach, you’re actually leaving another half of the muscle-building equation: rest.
You see, whenever you subject yourself to intense physical workouts, you’re going to inflict micro-tears on your muscles and rest can actually help it not only to recover but also to grow and become stronger as well.
However, the information that we know about rest and recovery is somewhat, well, outdated. Today, I am going to talk about some workout recovery mistakes that you did not know you’re actually doing.
Training hard and becoming healthy can help you avoid diseases such as cardiovascular disease, premature ejaculation, among other health conditions. Read on to find out some important information about workout recovery.
1. Do Not Be Afraid of Inflammation
When we hear the word “inflammation”, we usually do our best to make sure that we do not suffer from the condition. But, inflammation is not at all that bad, especially when it pertains to muscle recovery.
You see, whenever we take some medications like Ibuprofen– a popular anti-inflammatory drug- it can actually hamper your ability to maximize your workout gains.
Our bodies actually become inflamed whenever we have bouts of intense exercise because you’re actually doing some ‘good damage’ to your body.
Whenever you take such medications, you indirectly minimize your gains as it can interfere with the tissue repair process and may also slow down the healing of your ligaments, muscles, tendons, and bone injuries.
Do not be afraid of inflammation, especially when it comes to workout recovery.
2. Change the Way You Think About Hydration
There are a lot of advertisements out there where you should always hydrate yourself whenever you do strenuous physical feats. Although you certainly need to get hydrated, our conventional wisdom about it is somewhat flawed.
You see, you have to look at it from the standpoint that whenever you sweat, you lose some of the salt content in your body.
According to Kelly Anne Hyndman, a professor of medicine, she said that our bodies regulate itself really well as it follows a certain feedback loop.
Whenever you are dehydrated, it releases some antidiuretic hormones or ADH to help release more water into the bloodstream, thus regulating your electrolyte and salt content in your body.
To put it simply, just listen to what your body tells you. If you’re thirsty, then drink water. You do not need to consume special drinks at all.
3. Stress is Stress
Whether it is emotional or physical in nature, stress, to your body, is stress. For instance, if you’re training six times a week and you have one rest day, do not go out there and become busy- let your mind and body rest.
Remember, emotional, mental, or physical stress is still stress, so you want to make sure that you do not get any of them.
4. Over-Hydration is Bad
When you thought that dehydration is bad, over-hydrating yourself is equally dangerous as well. Hyponatremia or water intoxication is dangerous because you make your blood so diluted in that it will not be able to carry the nutrients that your body needs.
Do not drink too much water and only listen to your body. If you are thirsty, then drink enough liquids until you’ve quenched that thirst.