The Blissful Myth or Harsh Truth?… Recovery

Ahh! I really love the spring time! I feel a lot lighter, energized and ready to just go go go! Some of us are suffering with allergies, but that’s a small price to pay for crisper air, longer days, and fun fun activities!

Even though January and February are the busiest months at the gym (with New Year’s resolutions and what not), I find that during the spring, a lot of people start signing up for races, getting that “summer body” and being more active overall; so I think it’s important to keep the concept of balance in mind. Rest and Recovery time is just as important as moving around and eating well. after all, it is during rest that our bodies change. When we exercise, there are a number of changes we inflict changes in our bodies such as:

  • Muscle tear – stressing muscle fibers breaks them down
  • release of adrenaline and cortisol – in controlled amounts, opens up fat cells and releases them into the bloodstream for energy or ‘oxidation’
  • sweat – during exercise, we lose water in the form of sweat, this is a natural bodily function that serves several purposes. Some of the most important being, cooling down of your core and detoxification…. sweat it all out baby!

During rest and recovery, your muscle fibers have a chance to heal. Depending on the type of training you are engaging in, you will most likely experience hypertrophy; this is the fancy term for gaining muscle. Think of this as your muscles growing. Time in between work outs is so important for the healthy recovery of the tissue. If you are constantly tearing down muscle, it will lead to muscle loss, instead of muscle gain. think: slower metabolism. what!?! We don’t want that

After an intense physical session, our bodies need 36-48 hours (at least) to recover from the inflected stress. Otherwise, we can put our bodies in fight or flight mode which means we’d be using fuel (food) as storage instead of for fuel. This state is often times referred to as starvation mode. don’t forget that stress is stress, it doesn’t matter where it is coming from. so, if life is busy and stressful make sure you are taking care of your body and balancing with a lot of restful activities! life is meant to be fun

Last, but not least, hydration! as you engage in increased physical activity levels and the weather gets warmer, hydration becomes so important! Our bodies and brains are mostly made up of water, which is why is so important to maintain proper levels of hydration. How to know if you are properly hydrated? Your pee is light color or clear; drink water before, maybe during, and after exercises. If you feel thirsty, you are probably dehydrated already so try and avoid that state. How much to drink? It’s best to observe how you feel with different water intake levels. our bodies are different every single day so how can we peg ourselves to a number? I aim to drink about a gallon of water a day (that’s what works for me!) but I find myself needing more or less depending on the type of foods I ate during the day, the level of activity I had the day before, and even stress changes my water needs. Observe how you are feeling and find what you need..

These are a few of the many reasons to build R&R into our routines! Start prioritizing R&R… mani/pedis anyone? long walks at the park? picnics? bring it on! work hard and rest hard 🙂

Outdoor classes are on!I am offering Saturday classes every other week so join me for a pre-brunch sesh! I will require minimum attendance; lets see if it works out.

Class Details: https://gabbynycfitness.com/page/

See you soon!

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