by Jess Abraham March 05, 2018

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 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.

A natural approach to soothing and relieving muscle aches and pains. With a strong fresh herbal aroma, Muscle Soothe essential oil blend has a calming and cooling effect when topically applied to aching joints and muscles.

The beautiful, fresh and invigorating aroma of Peppermint essential oil is uplifting and therapeutic for the mind and body. Peppermint is both cooling and heating which makes for a wonderful analgesic remedy for tired and aching muscles.

Wintergreen essential oil has a camphorous, herbal aroma that is slightly sweet, reminiscent of herbal liniments for sore muscles and aching joints. Although not commonly used in aromatherapy, Wintergreen essential oil is a prized treatment for arthritis and muscular pain if used with caution. Wintergreen essential oil has been shown to reduce pain by decreasing inflammation.

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Author: Jess Abraham

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Jess Abraham is a marketer, creative producer & writer based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. She founded her first business at 18, an independent publication called Tidal Magazine, showcasing the creative youth of the East Coast of Australia which ran for 4 years. Jess worked at ECO. before she then went on to found ethical travel clothing brand, Tasi Travels, which she recently sold after three years of operations. Jess is passionate about the arts, the environment and supporting and building the creative culture on the Sunshine Coast.

 

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