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 proper exercise is stretching. Stretching before and after can have a significant effect on your bounce back ability. It also helps to prevent injuries which are exacerbated by standard 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, powder,s and other marketed health mixes, just remember, only you know your own body. What works for one person may not work for you. IF you feel you need help with any dietary suggestions or directions, consult with a local nutritionist and your 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, and when you’ve reached them, be sure to give your body a well-earned break. Exercise without rest can result in irreparable 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 for exercise.