While working out is important for your body to stay healthy and keep in shape, recovery is often neglected. There are many benefits to recovery after working out. If you don’t recover now, your muscles will definitely pay for it later.

Recovery helps re-establish intramuscular blood flow and muscle membrane potential. Recovery also gives your body time to adapt to the strain it is experiencing from the exercise. When physically exerting yourself, you can experience tiny tears in the muscles called microtrauma which can take up to 48 hours to repair.

It is crucial to utilize recovery after strength training, high levels of fatigue/damage, when regularly participating in competitions, if you are at high risk of injury and after an intensive/extensive workout. It can take up to 6 days depending on the work out that you participate in and the recovery time increases as individuals age. More perceived muscle soreness and greater fatigue are reported in veteran athletes. However, having a good diet and increased protein intake for endurance athletes decreases recovery time.

The best ways to recover from your workout is to cool down, drink chocolate milk, stretch, take a hot/cold shower, and by taking a nap. Being proactive before your workout can also aid in recovery. Be sure to warm up and stretch, enjoy foods such as bananas, oats, whole grain bread and fruit and wear compression socks. Stay healthy, and don’t forget to recover.

Check out the infographic below presented by Discount Surgical to learn more about the importance of recovery.