Guide To Recovery Featuring Addaday
A couple years ago I was still on the fence of having a true routine when it came to rolling out. Somewhere between injury and multiple doctor visits, the words of my college athletic trainers came ringing through my ears. "Did you roll today? You have to roll DJ." Well darn, I guess I should have done this more consistently. When I started to pick up a recovery routine I found myself not injuried, recovering quicker from workouts, and a whole lot happier. "Okay maybe this stuff does work and my trainers were right!" That's when I knew I had to share as much as I could with the athletes I coached and anyone around me who fully didn't believe in rolling as part of their recovery routine.
The Importance Of Recovery
When it comes down to it recovery is the basis of your training. Yes, we all just want to train hard, get results, and be our best, but at the end of the day you must tak care of your body. Recovery involves more then just taking a day off here or there. Recovery involves nutrition, sleep, and proper day to day maintenance work. Doing all these things allows your body time to properly repair and strengthen between workouts. I never fully took advantage of these three components until just recently. I have started to get my routine down which in turn led me to great results this year. I'm not perfect though, there are still times I struggle to fit everything in my daily life. The thing that matters is I am more conscious of what needs to be done, and now I am making my fall schedule to fit these elements into my daily routine.
There are many types of recovery methods. Some include; ice, heat, stretching, Self-Myofascial release, stress management, and compression. I have found that icing for me doesn't help unless the area is acute, but heating in a epsom salt bath does wonders. Finding what recovery methods work has been somewhat of a trial and error for me, but my go to has to be Self-Myofascia release. This method is self massaging to release muscle tightness or trigger points. Myofascial release is a deep compression method that helps break up and relax tight muscles. It allows normal blood flow to return to the muscles and aids in the restoration of healthy tissue.
You want your muscles healthy, ready to perform, and this method will help with that. So here are some basics to start you out. I'm lucky enough to be apart of the Addaday Pro team, and thought I'd share with you the various tools I use to help aide in my recovery process through Self-Myofasical release.
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