Entering into a new training plan headstrong and ready to crush your goals is a great headspace to be in, and motivation is vital to success. Sometimes, however, it can be all too easy to get swept up in the excitement of a workout routine without pausing to consider the importance of rest and recovery in any sort of training.
Rest and recovery are vital to ensuring your body’s well-being and can help you make progress in your goals rather than setting you back.
Why take time to rest and recover?
As our bodies are pushed to their limits in our workouts, we need to counteract that with the appropriate amount of either rest (through sleep or even just relaxing at home) and recovery (ice baths, foam rollers, etc.). Our muscles need the time to grow and expand, as well as ensure that they aren’t being overused to the point of strain or injury.
How should I recover?
The answer to this question depends on the type of exercise you’ve been doing. Often, for those in a HIIT program, a bunch of muscle groups get used meaning there’s a lot of recovery work to do. To alleviate or prevent soreness, many athletes will take Epsom salt baths after workouts to ease muscles. Foam rolling is a great option during particularly leg-heavy workouts, as tight calves and hamstrings can lead to hip and knee pains.
How much rest should I be getting?
Again, this is another question that depends on the type of training and intensity you’re working out at. Generally, foam rolling after every workout that utilizes your leg muscles for 5-10 minutes is beneficial in preventing injury. Rest days are what’s most important, and you should have 2-3 rest days per week. Sleep is also vital to recovery, and you should hopefully be getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
If you’re excited about your new workout plan and ready to take it on, we’re excited for you! Just remember to keep your recovery in mind, as an injury or strain could halt your progress even more than a day of rest or two! Contact us to get started with training at Burn Collective.