Back in the day, people came to a gym to learn about fitness, nutrition, and all the other minutia that would give them the bodies they wanted. Now, many people already know a good deal about health – if anything, they know too much! Instead of lacking information, many people feel overwhelmed in a veritable sea of conflicting studies, news stories, books, diets, and articles written by the next big celebrity health guru. Throw in a few personal anecdotes from your old high school friends that have found the secret to weight loss and it’s no wonder so many people actually feel more lost than ever.
So you have this working out thing down. You make time for the gym and get there 3 – 5 times a week. But man, are you sore. You feel like you can barely move by the time the end of the week gets here. You wonder, “Is this what it is supposed to feel like?” Though muscle soreness is normal and part of the bodies normal growth process, there are ways that we can help aid the recovery of our muscles and ensure the body is working optimally. Here are 5 things you can do to help your body recover.
The 4 keys to success we discussed are consistency, intensity, recovery and nutrition. There is a reason consistency is first. As Tony Robbins says, “it’s not what we do once in awhile that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” If you attend a workout every once in a while, is training part of your lifestyle? If you eat healthy occasionally, is healthy eating part of your lifestyle? In both cases the answer is no. If you only do things occasionally or when it fits into your schedule then you aren’t doing it consistently.
Why do you workout? It’s an important question to ask yourself. We all have our reasons, it is important for you to know yours. No matter what you are training for, what you want to see is results. You want to see yourself inching closer to that goal, closer to your reason “why”. Let’s talk about four keys to success that will help you along the way.