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Perhaps you’ve just run your first ultra-marathon or spent the whole day exploring your local trails, you're happy but know that tomorrow you’ll be a stiff, sore mess! But what if you could speed up your recovery and bypass the dreaded ‘day after’ feeling? We pitched a question to our Wild Earth Athletes asking how they boost recovery times and look after their bodies. Along with a general consensus that “Beer and Chips’ work great, they also gave us some inside tips on how to do some self-maintenance after a big day in the wild!
Simply add a generous amount of Epsom Salt to your next bath and let the warm waters work their magic. Epsom baths help to reduce inflammation and shorten recovery times significantly as minerals absorb into the body.
Compression is a proven way to perform better and minimise recovery time after your session. Compression apparel, such as that made by 2XU and CEP, improve circulation during exercise and help to remove lactic acid from an athlete's extremities.
Foam Rolling after an intense workout or training session is a great way to combat muscle soreness and tightness, improving both recovery and performance. Try rolling out sore or tight muscles 2-3 per week to boost recovery times and increase mobility.
You can use a massage ball to target specific areas of tightness in the body, helping to alleviate pain and promote recovery. By “trigger pointing” or rolling-out muscular knots you can release Myofascial pain in an athlete’s soft tissue, building range of motion and flexibility.
Consuming supplements such as Zinc and magnesium post-exercise can greatly reduce muscle pain, cramps and inflammation. Magnesium helps to reduce tightness in muscles, in turn, decreasing lactic build up that results in soreness in the body. Whereas Zinc helps boost athletes immune systems and supports muscles, meaning your body doesn’t “burn out”.
Massage guns utilise ‘percussive therapy’ to increase blood-flow to specific muscle areas 0 which reduces inflammation and tension. These recovery tools are also great for targeting muscular knots and areas of tightness before and after a workout.
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Along with improving mobility and flexibility, Yoga is also an effective form of ‘Active Recovery’ for sore athletes. Engaging in a Yoga flow helps to increase blood-flow and provides a full body stretch - helping reduce muscular tightness and stiffness.
Sometimes referred to as the “magic bullet” for athletes training and performing at their maximum, sleep is essential for the body's recovery process. It’s recommended that athletes get at least 8-10 hours of sleep a night, as this will ensure you capitalise on this valuable recovery period.
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