Tips for Making the Most of Your Recovery Days

Recovery days are as important as workouts for athletes. If you want to make the most of your time, this guide offers practical things to do on your rest days.

Tips for Making the Most of Your Recovery Days

Whether you do kick-boxing, wrestling, or both, pushing yourself to the next level while working out is essential for growth. But even the strongest body will reach its limit, and going beyond that limit can lead to injuries that will keep you out of the fight.

The best way to avoid this is to schedule regular rest days into your workout routine at least once every three to five days. These days will help you recover and come back stronger. These tips for making the most of your recovery days will help you put your body in the best position.

Eat Well

It’s easy to assume that you would have to eat less on rest days since you aren’t using as many calories. But the point of the day is for your body to recover, and your body will often continue using protein even 24 hours after intense physical activity.

Because of this, it’s a good idea to consume more calories than you normally would on your rest days. Focus on eating more protein, such as fish or peanut butter, rather than excessive carbohydrates.

Take a Bath

Many people enjoy taking an ice bath after a workout to reduce swelling and pain, though some argue it could cause more problems than it could help. But if you’re looking for a way to make the most of your recovery days without controversy, consider turning up the temperature for a warm bath.

Warm baths help relax tense muscles and increase blood flow for better mobility. This helps reduce pain and the risk of injury. Adding Epsom salts to the bath will help reduce inflammation and promote foot health for an even more beneficial bath.

Try Electrotherapy

The idea of electrotherapy can sound extreme for those unfamiliar with it. However, the process is simpler than one would think and beneficial for anyone with an active lifestyle.

During these treatments, you attach an electric muscle stimulation deviceto the affected muscle with electrodes. The device sends mild electrical signals to muscles, causing them to contract and release. This helps reduce pain and stimulates muscle growth, even while you’re resting.

Rest days are just as important as workout days. By being intentional with your time, you can ensure that your body is in the best condition possible for the next time you step into the ring.

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