With all that is wonderful about exercise, it would be foolish not to examine the less-than-stellar effects, too. At the end of the day, high intensity training breaks down the human body quite extensively. We do this, to real the benefits from the additions our bodies make when they recover from such trauma.
I’d like to discuss the topic of recovery, then, as it is vital to our improvement. Not recovering can impede fitness gains, or worse– it can take one out of training for some time.
With regards to recovery, there are plenty of things within your control to help work through, fatigue, soreness, aches and pains, etc. Here are a few:
Sleep: Though you think you may “do just fine on 6 hours,” we all need 8-9 in a pitch black room, at least.
Hydration: Drink half an ounce of water for every pound of body weight. Plus,extra hydration during activity.
Nutrition: Eat real food. Animals. Plants. Fruits. Nuts. Seeds.
Fish Oil: These can combat the natural low level chronic inflammation that results from eating a western diet.
Myofascial Release: This includes “rolling out,” therapeutic massage, etc. This is important for working through damamged tissue.
Ice: 15 minutes on. 1 hour off. Repeat.
A healthy body is able to train. Use these tools to keep yourself in the game!
12 Jump Squats
12 KB Push Press
12 Mtn Climbers (2ct)