5 Tips To Recover The Right Way

One form of recovery is an easy run at a conversational jogging pace. Photo: www.shutterstock.com

5. Look At Recovery Holistically

In order to understand what you need to recover, you need to look at what tough running does to the body. “When you run a tough workout, you are depleting the fuel stores,” says McMillan. “So the first thing you can do is replenish the glycogen stores in the first 30 minutes after your workout.”

This means, for example, consuming a sports drink or energy gels in that time period along with plain water. “We also look at what kind of muscular damage happens to the body in the workout and make sure the athletes are taking in enough protein to rebuild that muscle,” he says. “We are also having folks use foam rollers, ice baths, Epsom salt baths—anything that contributes to helping the body bounce back and rejuvenate.”

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