You push your body to the limits when you train — and that’s why it’s so important to honor the recovery process and ensure your incorporating adequate rest and stretching into your routine. Plus, adding intentional recovery activities into your training regimen can actually help you recovery faster and improve your future performance.
Whether you’re in world-class competitions or a diligent neighborhood jogger, taking care of your body is important. Here are our five best tips for embracing the recovery process:
We all know how important stretching is…yet so many of us skip it in favor of finishing up our workouts sooner. All it takes is five to 10 minutes of static stretches — that means holding a stretch for 10 to 20 seconds — to decrease muscle stimulation and minimize your injury risk. Focus on the muscle groups that you used the most in your workout and allow yourself to relax and breathe deeply.
If you want to take your stretching routine to the next level, try foam rolling. By rolling your glutes, quads and calves on a foam roller, you can relax fascia build-up on your muscles. Not only will this help your muscles feel less tight and more flexible, but it can also reduce post-workout soreness.
Wearing compression clothing — like socks, leggings or sleeves — helps improve blood flow and gently squeeze out excess fluid from your muscles. While some athletes choose to wear compression clothing during their workout, wearing it afterwards can also be a helpful recovery tool.
Engaging in a lighter restorative workout like yoga is a great way to switch up your routine and engage in some active stretching. Giving your body a different challenge than you’re used to — for instance, holding a pose instead of running ten miles — is great for recovery and future performance.
Rest, Ice, Rehydrate
Of course, the best way to recovery from your workout is to do exactly that: rest. Ice sore muscles, drink water and give your body space to relax. Even the most hardcore athletes need breaks. Trust us: you earned it.
So, what are you waiting for? Treat your muscles to a pair of high quality compression socks today.
Your sock size shouldn’t be a guessing game. Our socks range from small to double XL, but the best way to know the perfect fit for you is to match your shoe size to the chart on the left. That way, you’ll know the size you select will give you the fit and feel you expect.
Between sizes? Go with your gut, but rest assured that your socks will still fit great. If you receive your order and find yourself wishing you’d gone up or down a size, just let us know. We’ll happily send you replacements for your preferred size.
Concerned about laundry mix-ups? All FITS® socks are coordinated by color and size, based on the colors you see on the size chart. So, you won’t have to worry about mixing up your sizes with the other FITS® wearers in your home. (But stray socks mysteriously going missing in the dryer? Unfortunately, we can’t help with that.)
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