Dr. Mehta’s tips on Recovery for the active individual
Planned and routine recovery is important to incorporate in one’s active lifestyle. Dedicating 2-3 days/week to active recovery can be the determining factor to performance and preventing injury for any active individual or athlete.
Dr. Mehta’s Top 5 Recovery Tips/Tools for every active individual
1) Normatec compression boots should be utilized before or after workout to reduce muscle soreness and reduce the buildup of lactic acid, a common chemical that builds up after exercise.
2) Foam rolling and stretching are important to continue to reduce tendon and muscle tightness to help with maintaining mobility after repetitive exercise and movements.
3) Localized cryotherapy can help reduce pain and inflammation to sore ares after workouts.
4) Hydration is vital to replenish the fluids lost during exercise. Fluid replacement via water will not guarantee hydration after exercise. It is important to replace electrolytes lost in sweat, especially sodium. IV hydration with sodium chloride can restore the necessary electrolytes in a short amount of time.
5) Nutrition aids recovery from intense workouts by replenishing glycogen stores and providing the necessary protein and water to refuel the muscles. Adequate carbohydrate-rich recovery snacks post-workout can help restore the necessary glycogen as well as supplementing with essential amino acids/vitamins (oral or IV) post exercise.
Read this article below for more information on why athletes need recovery
Importance of Rest and Recovery After Your Exercise