Are you getting the most out of your training? Getting a brutal workout in is only part of the equation. A few of the recovery modalities that can be addressed:
Nutrition -easily the area most can make positive change in
Sleep- quality and quantity
Soft tissue work-massage, foam roller
Lets hear what works for you, and areas you know you need to work on.
I sleep a lot, eat a lot of meat, fruit, and vegetables, and stretch several nights a week.
If it is a choice between grades or sleep, or social life vs. sleep, I usually, though not always, choose sleep. Thus I get at least 8 hours every night, often more, and am one of the most boring college students you will ever meet.
That soft tissue and massage stuff is mostly unknown to me.
Well Russ I think you would really find the massage useful. It’s worth the cost.
I’m a sleeper. I go to bed early and get up early. If I don’t get 8 hours at night I’ll take a nap mid day on my off days.
At work I get out of the hospital and get fresh air and some quiet time for lunch.
As for stretching I do a little everyday. I love the foam roller! It’s awesome!
My eating is. meat, fruit and veggies. I do have a weakness for surgar, oh and beer.
Hmm…I don’t stretch nearly as much as I should, nor do I use the foam roller as much (usually 3x a week). I get about 6-7 hours of sleep but I’m not sure if that’s enough since I keep falling asleep in the office. Nutrition…eh, I’m working on it. Since I started watching my spendings I’ve been cooking more instead of buying premade or processed stuff. I’ve also been including a lot more veggies. It’s cheaper than I imagined. And man, I thought I was the most boring college student ever!! I never step foot in a frat house or other parties, always studied, napped like crazy…I don’t regret it though!
It has been a while since I’ve been in college, so maybe things have changed, but I always found it helpful to multi-task and combine socializing, massage, soft tissue work and then sleep
I don’t stretch nearly as much as I should, but I never regret the time I spend with my foam roller.
I’m working to cut way back on four-legged back and, to a lesser extent, two-legged meat, but I’m still eating seafood and, as always, lots of fruits and vegetables.
I took a trip down the Grand Canyon a few weeks ago, and the rhythm of going to sleep when it got dark out (9 pm) and waking up when it got light out (5 am) was absolutely wonderful. It’s a little harder to make that work in the real world though.
Its great to see the DC blog back in action!
I eat clean ZONE…gotta cause I don’t sleep…5 hours.
In general I think massage is a waste…unless you commit to a quality practitioner who will work on your issues on a regular basis.
I don’t stretch, but I work functional movements through a full range of motion.
I think Ice is great but never use it…who can sit still that long?
I recently added long weighted wheelbarrow walks back into my program, (I wheel to work and back twice a week)…my history of LBP has been non-existent since I re-introduced the Barrow…have since worked back up to some comfortable Sn, CL, and DL weight with no issues.
Years ago when I had more time I would always add med ball complexes, sub-maximal and long (10-20 min) farmers, sled, and wheel walks as gpp and active recovery…look into it if you have the time.
Love the New Blog…I look forward to reconnecting with Team DC here!