5 Rules for fast recovery after workout

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Aug 28, 2015

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If you want to recover from an intense workout, you need to follow certain rules. Wondering how? Here’s how you can fuel and recover from your workout.
  • 1

    Treat yourself to a massage

    Massage is a great way to increase blood flow and reduce the inflammatory process after a tough training cycle. Massage also relieves fascial and muscular stiffness. After doing stretches to cool down, doing 5-10 minutes of massage will allow your body to unwind better. Want fast recovery after workout? Get massaged!

  • 2

    Cold shower

    Get home and take a cold shower! It constricts blood vessels to reduce swelling and inflammation. It will also help you get rid of muscle soreness for fast recovery after workout.

  • 3

    Eat a mix of protein and carbs

    When you consume protein and carbohydrates, it helps you to reduce cortisol levels and leads to the breakdown of muscle. The mix gives you big gains by improving the process of protein synthesis and circulating amino acids.

  • 4

    Get a good night’s sleep

    It is one of the most important but often ignored rules for quick recovery post workout. Rest is the time when your muscles recover the most and tissue repair happens. It is during your sleep that the levels of growth hormone in your body are at their best. 

  • 5

    Utilise your off days

    Rest day doesn’t mean to sit on the couch all day long. Follow the active recovery approach. Do light exercise such as yoga or swimming on your off days to accelerate the recovery process. Make sure to do enough on off days as it is a post workout way to recover.

    (Images:Getty)

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