Day 3 – R-E-L-A-X!

Great day Total Camo Fitness Fam! We have arrived at day 3 and surprise, surprise, it’s time to give our bodies a rest. While it’s great to have a strong desire to get in the gym and knock out a workout, it is equally important to rest and recover. Recovery after exercise is essential to muscle and tissue repair and strength building.

Here’s 10 ways to speed up recovery:

  1. Replace Lost Fluids – Hydrate after your workouts
  2. Eat Healthy Recovery Foods – You should try to eat within 60 minutes of the end of your workout and make sure you include some high-quality protein and carbohydrates.
  3. Rest and Relax – Resting after a hard workout allows the repair and recovery process to happen at a natural pace.
  4. Stretch It Out – After a tough workout try consider gentle stretching.
  5. Perform Active Recovery – Gentle movement improves circulation, which helps promote nutrient and waste product transport throughout the body.
  6. Get a Massage – Massage feels good and improves circulation while allowing you to fully relax.
  7. Take an Ice Bath – Ice massage or contrast water therapy (alternating hot and cold showers) to recover faster, reduce muscle soreness and prevent injury.
  8. Get a Bit More Sleep – During sleep, your body produces Growth Hormone (GH) which is largely responsible for tissue growth and repair.
  9. Try Visualization Exercises – Adding a mental practice to your workout routine can be a huge benefit for anyone.
  10. Avoid Over-training – One simple way to recovery faster is by designing a smart workout routine in the first place.

Today is a day for self-care, so take the time away from working out and focus treating your body to recovery! Let’s also work on nutrition and smart meal choices!

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