How To Physically Aid Your Workouts Between Sessions
Recovering between workouts is an essential component of getting fit, healthier, and stronger. This is because rest and nourishment is essential to build our bodies back up to a stronger state after ‘tearing them down’ during a workout, the latter effort providing our body the stimulus and need to grow.
Hydrating, getting enough rest, foam rolling, and cooling off is essential. But it’s also true that while recovery is an absolutely fundamental element of making sure our workouts are healed from and that we’re prepared for the next one, what about the training we can do in between sessions to make sure our bodies are more prepared for the next session?
After all, sometimes, the given training regimen we have might not be enough to fully train our entire bodies, or giving a little supplemental aid to that, within the acceptable confines of your training plan, can make a huge difference in the long run. This isn’t to say you should work out twice as much, rather, knowing how to smartly improve your technique ahead of time could make a huge difference when entering the gym again. In this post, we’ll discuss a few practices that could help you in this light:
Deep Massages & Checkups
A good sports massage can be geared towards helping muscle recovery, work out kinks from tension, and even soothe injuries carefully and slowly. However, it can also be that more in-depth work is needed in order to help you unlock your mobility and strength, and for that, using a trustworthy chiropractors’ service can make all the difference. Over time, this can be the difference between being capable or not regarding certain exercises or training protocols.
But there are a few measures we can use, either substituting or supplementing our prior point. Great stretching before and after a workout is key. Make sure that you perform dynamic stretches before an exercise and static stretches after. The former will allow us to properly warm up, and the latter will allow us to cool off and make sure that our muscles are properly ‘ironed out’ after such intensive work. That might sound silly, but it can make all the difference in terms of your recovery and how well you can recover.
Isometric exercises, such as pushing against a wall with both hands in an ergonomic line with your shoulder, or pressing exercises, or core exercises like planks, can help us increase our overall strength up to around an additional 10% given a standard weight lifting regimen, says Mark Rippetoe of the most popular barbell training manual, Starting Strength. They can also be good exercises to partake in during your long two rest days at the weekend. Light workouts, such as light stretching or walks on your days off, can also make a big difference in keeping your activity levels measured without harming recovery.
With this advice, we hope you can continue to get stronger nad fitter, aiding your workouts between sessions in the best possible way.