Dianne Sykes | July 6, 2018

You sizzle more in life and in fitness if you recover and recharge properly. We spend so much time pounding on our bodies. As a fitness coach for almost 20 years, I have spent a lot of time “beating” on my clients. And I've done the same to myself - I've always trained hard to squeeze the very best out of myself.

Recovery

So what about recovery? Well in my opinion, it’s the most important aspect of fitness! When we allow our bodies to regenerate (blood flow, muscle & tissue function) we come back even stronger. The gift of rest time is when our bodies adapt. That is when the magic happens. Our cells actually super-compensate for all the strenuous activity by growing even stronger than before to prepare for any additional stress in the future. This magic can’t happen though if we don’t take the TIME to recover. IT IS PART OF YOUR FITNESS!

When we focus on our restoration for our joints, it helps us move better and with less pain. This means that when we exercise, we burn more calories because we move more dynamically (run faster/longer, jump higher, lift heavier, swing more explosively). And one last insight on restoration… when we rest, we regenerate all of our systems. This means that we not only have more energy, BUT we also develop the ability to sustain higher levels of energy over longer periods of time. Wouldn’t that feel nice???

Recovery checklist for the week

Pick 2 tasks from the list below and schedule them into your calendar this week. Don't wait!

  • Get a massage.
  • Foam roll for 15 minutes 2-3 times this week.
  • Schedule a 30 minute nap.
  • Go to sleep 30 minutes earlier 4 nights over the next week.
  • Take a Yoga class.
  • Meditate for 15 minutes 3-4 times this week.
  • Soak in a bath or hot tub (added bonus: light a candle!)
  • Stretch for 10 minutes after every workout this week.
  • Power down ALL electronics 45 minutes before getting into bed 5 nights this week.