Recovery: Sleep and Then Some

Part of the third step in the process of “Eat, Train, Sleep, Repeat,” and to many, considered the most important stage after training. This is due to the fact that the body doesn’t grow when you’re working it, but when it’s resting. And you’re resting much more than you’re lifting.

The human body is an amazing machine. Designed to maintain and protect itself against microscopic and physical hardships, it’s without a doubt the most revolutionary machine ever. The science behind it has remained the same since the beginning of time.

Case in point, if you tear something down (a muscle fiber, skin, a bone), the natural healing process will begin and your body will heal itself. This is why science is so important because it hasn’t changed.

Important Steps for a speedy recovery

Regardless if you’re recovering from an injury or a good workout, the steps to ensure the fastest recovery time are similar. The fact that you take the proper steps to ensure the fastest recovery time is important, too.

Proper Diet is important whether you’re recovering or it’s just another day. A high intake of starchy carbs, a good amount of calories, and quality protein is important. You should always have a steady intake of those starchy carb and calories. You need those carbs to refuel muscle tissue and cells and replenish glycogen stores. You need the calories to burn off for extra energy as well. The protein will help rebuild broken down muscle tissue amongst other things.

Vitamins play along with proper diet. A good intake of vitamins via whole foods and supplements is crucial for both your immune system, your digestive tract, your respiratory system, and all organs including your heart. Keeping all these things healthy will speed up your body’s natural process of warding off microscopic harm as well as patching up a physical injury.

Drinking water is something I cannot preach enough about. Your body is 70% water and you lose more than you realize through perspiration, urination and when nature orders you some time to yourself on the toilet. A steady intake of even 8 oz and hour is a decent enough start. Not to mention the excess water in your system that you urinate out will help remove toxins.

Move around if you’re permitted. I’m not saying go and jog three miles if you have giant cuts on your leg or face, but constant movement keeps blood flowing. And as we all know, this is a good thing.

If you’re bed-ridden, you can still move, just not as freely. Depending on your condition, stretch every hour or two to keep blood moving easily. If you can’t sit up, lift each arm and leg and bend it, flexing it on the contraction. By moving your body the way it’s supposed to, you keep it up to par as best as possible.

Sleep is one of the most loved things in today’s world. The ironic thing is, many brush it off due to their busy life. While a busy life affects more and more people, it’s not very rare you look at the clock in surprise. It’s like the old saying, “There aren’t enough hours in he day.” However, with a little rearranging of time, you’d be surprised how many hours of sleep you can add to your usual night sleep.

Stop your caffeine intake by noon. Not just the coffee, ALL. Doing so will send your body off on a coast for the rest of the day. This will give you a good idea of how well complex carbs come into play. Which brings me to my next point.

Instead of staying up late and finishing your projects for school, work, etc, head to bed early and wake up early. Doing so will give you more quiet time (who is going to be up besides you at that time). Not to mention many people get their “second wind” when they see day break. Morning coffee + second wind+ accomplishing a project+ shower = start to a great day.

Recovery time is said to be the most important phase to many. Touching back with what I said earlier, you’re at the gym an hour to two tops. You’re doing other things for the remaining 22 hours. It’s up to you as to how you spend it. This is why the motto of “Eat, Train, Sleep, Repeat,” flows with one another.

Get plenty of rest, take as many steps to ensure maximum recovery as possible and keep your head up.

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