Take Time To Recover!

Foam Rollers

-May 8th, 2012-

Rest and Recovery are just as important as actually training.

In fact at certain times of the year they may be more important than training.

As the Toronto Rock get set to host a semi final National Lacrosse League game this weekend, it is more important for them to recover for the weekend then to actually train this week.

That’s not to say that if they are feeling good they shouldn’t work out! But they should be smart about it and the first priority is to be at 100% on the weekend.

Recovery doesn’t just mean sitting on the couch with your feet up though.

It may mean riding the bike for some guys. For some it might be a light weight training session.

I like to recommend what I call a Recovery Session.

These are perfect for days after games when you are feeling tight and sore or even if you are in a heavy training period of the year, these are great for your days away from the gym when you still want to get something accomplished.

A recovery session consists of any or all of the following:

  • Rolling out on a Foam Roller or Medicine Ball
  • Static Stretching
  • Dynamic Stretching
  • Corrective Exercise and Muscle Activation work.

It’s easy stuff and can be done in your living room while watching tv.

When you finish one of these you will feel relaxed and much less sore and will have primed the body to take measures to repair and improve your muscle quality.

They are also great for reducing your future risk of injury by working on your mobility and stability.

Give it a try the next time you are sore from working out or playing and see how much better and faster you recover after.

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