It's not enough to just strengthen your muscles -- muscle recovery is a massive part of staying in peak physical shape, whether you're a professional athlete or a recreational gym-goer. If you're looking to improve your performance, don't neglect steps to minimize downtime, reduce aches and pains, and rebuild muscle more quickly. Speed up your sports recovery with these methods!
Muscle recovery happens when your muscles receive the nutrients they need to restore tissue damaged during physical activity. Stretching after a workout can help improve your circulation, and that increased blood flow will deliver restorative nutrients to your muscles that much more quickly. You'll also improve your flexibility and range of motion, as well has prevent some of the soreness and stiffness that comes with exercise.
You need your recommended 7-8 hours of sleep, as some of the most critical muscle recovery happens during the 40% of your sleep cycle that you spend in deep, non-REM sleep. During this point, your brain is far less active and using less energy, so additional oxygen is available to your muscles for repair. Sleep is also a period where a great deal of human growth hormone is released by your pituitary gland, and greater amino acid availability during sleep can help speed up muscle protein synthesis. Inadequate sleep may even cause a loss of muscle mass due to hormonal changes that result from a lack of sleep.
You lose a lot of fluids and stored energy during exercise. Make sure you're drinking plenty of water and eating within 60 minutes of completing a workout. Your body needs hydration and nutrients to effectively begin the repair process!
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