So you decided to get serious about working out on a regular basis and follow a healthy eating plan… now what?
Before you think you’re ready to take on the role of He-Man and do a strenuous workout for ten hours a day, keep in mind that an important part of any workout routine is to include rest and recovery.
Recovery provides time for your muscles and tissues to repair. After a strength training session, muscles need one or two days of recovery to rebuild. If you choose to skip the recovery time, rather than building muscles you’ll be breaking down tissue. If you choose to do strength training every day, then it’s important to not work the same muscles two days in a row.
At the end of each workout session, include some sort of cool down or stretching exercises. Be sure to fuel your body with protein, such as a protein shake, and drink plenty of water. It’s also important to get plenty of sleep so that your body can continue to repair and recover.
If you are still quite sore a day or two after working out, re-evaluate your workout plan. You might need to scale back a bit and work your way up to the plan. Of course a massage will greatly help as well!