Recovery refers to techniques and actions taken to maximise your body’s repair. There are quite a few methods of rest and recovery, including hydration, nutrition, posture, heat, ice, stretching, stress management, compression, and time spent standing vs sitting vs lying down, but today we’re going to focus on three key elements.
You need to get enough sleep, not only so that you can dream of dominating on court in 2019, but also to improve mental wellbeing, hormonal balance and muscular recovery. The adequate amount of sleep for most athletes is between seven to nine hours.
Drinking sufficient amounts of water is critical to health, energy, recovery, and performance. Athletes tend to be very focused on their hydration levels close to and during competitions/games, but keeping that awareness during training and recovery times can make just as large an impact. Water helps all of our functions. A few examples are more efficient nutrient uptake, lower levels of stress on the heart, improved skin tone, and better hair quality.
Everything you eat has the ability to help heal your body, or harm it. Example of harmful things you can put in your body include processed foods. Having a base diet of clean and balanced meals just like we have on the NETFIT APP, is an effective way to remain healthy and maintain a high level of performance. The best way to manage this is to create a meal plan and shop ahead, have healthy snacks readily available and plan ahead for dinners out by looking at the menu ahead of time. Lots of greens is our aim.
Dedicating time to sleep, hydration, and nutrition will increase your output ability, decrease recovery time, and lower your risk of injury. Don’t ignore your body until it becomes too late and you’re forced to take unnecessary time off due to injury, burnout, or worse.
What time do you spend after a NETFIT training session, game or training with your team? What little 1%ers are you doing to care for your body?