Nothing can be more detrimental than a bad recovery when you’re working out. It’s essential to have a good game plan to recover and keep you on track, whether you’re working out to lose weight or to build and maintain fitness. But if you’re feeling a little lost, here are a few tips to get you started:

Stretch Don’t Stress
Every workout is going to push your body – if you do it right. The key to any proper workout is stretching. Stretching before and after can have a significant effect on your bouncebackability. It also helps to prevent injuries which are exacerbated by normal recovery and can take valuable time away from your goals.

Eating Goes A Long Way
Research suggests that a healthy post-workout diet can aid in over 50% of recovery. Foods high in potassium, protein, and other valuable nutrients reduce muscle soreness and support recovery. Many people swear by supplements, powders, and other marketed health mixes, just remember, only you know your body. What works for one person might not work for you. If you feel you need help with dietary strategies, consult a nutritionist or doctor.

Rest Don’t Relax
Resting after a long, hard workout week is necessary. Just don’t relax for too long and let your rest ruin a healthy habit. Know your limits. When you’ve reached them be sure to give your body a well-earned break. Exercise without rest can result in irreplaceable injury, bad form, and a lack of energy for future workouts.

When push comes to shove, a little knowledge can go a long way. If something doesn’t feel right, stop and ask for advice. Proper recovery leads to a lifetime love and addition for exercise.