You probably know how important it is to make time to work out. Most of us are struggling to motivate ourselves to exercise more often. If you’re not that fit, then you really need to push yourself if you want to get into the habit of exercising.
However, it’s possible for you to go from working out rarely to working out too often. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins—feel-good chemicals that make you feel high. Of course, this is a natural high. So it’s not like it’s bad for you.
But sometimes, in order to get that feeling of being high, you might end up exercising more often than is good for your body. Instead, it’s important to give yourself a chance to recover. Here are a few tips to help you do so:
- Corpse Pose: If you’ve ever done yoga, you know that a session of intense stretching is usually followed by a session of relaxation. Most of the time, the relaxation is done in corpse pose or Basically, you just lie down straight on a mat and close your eyes. Let your arms and legs relax and fall to the sides, as they would naturally. Turning off bright lights and cueing up some soft music can also help your body to wind down.
- Breaks Between Strength-Training Sessions: Strength training is great for your muscles. If you’re trying to jump higher, strength-training can help you to be better at it. It builds your muscles more than just playing sports is likely to do. When you lift weights, it creates small tears in your muscles. And when the muscles heal, they come back stronger. This is how strength-training works. However, in order for the tears to heal, the muscles need recovery time. This is why experts recommend that you shouldn’t do the same strength-training exercises two days in a row. If you’re doing full-body strength-training workouts, do them every alternate day. Or you can do upper body exercises one day and lower body exercises the next, without taking a break of a day. Either way, you’ll be giving your muscles the time they need to recover.
- Eating Protein: When you’re in the recovery period, it’s necessary to give your body the nutrition it needs to knit itself back together. And the most important constituent of this nutrition is protein. Make sure that you’re eating egg whites, lean meats, tofu, beans etc. while your body is recovering from a grueling workout. You’ll find that this will help you to go back to your workouts faster.
- Stretching: This can also help your body to recover faster and better. When you do intense cardio or strength-training exercises, you work your muscles a lot. As a result, they’re likely to contract later and this can be painful. This is the reason why many people feel achy a few hours after a workout (or even a full day later). However, you can prevent this from being quite so painful by making sure that you stretch after you workout. This helps to keep your muscles and your body relaxed, which causes less pain. When your muscles are relaxed, recovery is faster and more efficient.
- Listen to Your Body: Basically, if you want to recover faster, you need to listen to your body. Exercising your body is a good idea but overexercising can backfire. It can lead to aches, pains and even injury. Nowadays, many people are even found suffering from gymnorexia, in which going to the gym becomes like an addiction. Instead, listen to your body. If it’s telling you that it needs more rest and recovery time, give it that. Don’t increase the amount of exercise you’re doing too drastically. The intensity of your workouts should only increase by 10% or so every week.