Rest and recovery are crucial parts of any fitness regime, they are possibly as important as the actual exercise itself! Despite this, too many of us are not letting our bodies recover in the correct way and we are doing ourselves and our fitness goals a disservice.
When you perform excessive amounts of exercise and don’t give your body the proper rest and recovery it needs, you can experience negative side effects such as fatigue, poor sleeping patterns, decreased immunity, mood swings, loss of appetite and decreased performance.
It is not just muscle repair we talk about when we say recovery either; recovery involves the repair of the nervous system, chemical and hormonal balance and mental state too.
So how do you let your body recover properly? Firstly, there is a different between rest and recovery. Rest refers to the act of physically letting your body have a break. You should have at least one day of rest before attempting to work the same muscle groups again. It requires a minimum of 48 hours for a muscle group to recover, with full recovery seen within 72 to 96 hours after the work-out. Rest is an equally important part of any work-out, necessary to built strength, muscle and endurance.
Recovery refers to the techniques and tricks that we can undertake to maximise our body’s repair. These are things such as adequate hydration, nutrition, heat, ice, stretching, posture and compression. Be sure to properly hydrate, get 6-8 hours of sleep each night and be sure to address any aches or injuries properly.
There are also products you can use to assist in your recovery pre and post work-out. Our ECO. Recovery Magnesium Spray is high in Magnesium, an essential mineral which works on a deep tissue level and is rapidly absorbed, to relieve muscle stress and strain from exercise. This spray also contains pure essential oils, including Black Pepper Oil, Pink Grapefruit Oil, Thyme Oil and Marjoram Oil to increase circulation and help ease muscle soreness.
We also have a collection of Magnesium Rollerballsthat can be used pre and post work-out that can be used as a targeted treatment to tone, relax or recover your muscles. You can shop our entire range of health and fitness products here.
The best thing about making your own body scrub (except being toxic free and all natural) is that you get to choose your favourite consistency and fragrance. You can start by making only a small amount and experimenting. Here is our favourite recipe for a beautiful detoxifying and refreshing all natural body scrub.