I had a conversation at my gym last week with a member that made me think of writing this three part series on Recovery. The question was specifically about IV infusion and whether or not it makes a difference. I gave a short answer followed up with a very long explanation. Afterwards I thought it would be good to expand on this topic as a three part series here 🙂 I hope you enjoy and learn something.
What is recovery?
Recovery by definition means a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength. Another definition is the action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost.
I will be speaking to it as it pertains to fitness, health and longevity. My first email today will be focused on why we need to put a focus on recovery in addition to exercise and nutrition. In the second email I will be sharing the multiple options you have to enhance recovery listed with benefits. Then my final email will be detailing out exactly what I do much like I did with the recent email on Intermittent Fasting.
Why focus on recovery?
You might be thinking isn’t sleep enough for recovery? Well yes. Sleep is fantastic and I will be diving deeper into sleep on my next email. But the more you demand from your body the more you need to replenish and restore it. You can tear down your body through exercise, nutritional abuse, lack of sleep, poor movement, stress…the list goes on. Basically if you are alive you are demanding a lot from your body and it is breaking down.
Recovery is a proactive approach to repairing your body.
Now let me be clear, your body is remarkable when it comes to recovery and making you capable of meeting the demands and expectations you put on it. BUT just because you are alive doesn’t mean you are thriving. Often times your body will make adjustments to keep you going. Not all of these adjustments are good for you. The side effect of this is that you feel worn down. Basically you are dragging.
For example, have you ever thought about what your body does if you are dehydrated? I live in Texas and the temperatures are over 100 daily right now. I run, bike or workout at BOOMFIT everyday. Getting enough fluids is difficult.
A quick hydration test is to look at the color of your urine. Dark yellow- or amber-colored urine means that you are dehydrated. The clearer the color of your urine the more hydrated you are. Some side effects of being dehydrated are:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness.
- Low blood pressure.
The fix here is simple. Drink more water. Unfortunately most people do not.
What is the goal with Recovery?
We want to make our body operate in a way that allows it to repair and restore itself to optimal state. If you are focused on health and fitness then you are putting it through stressful workouts which are beneficial but also creating stress on the body. This leads to creating a need to recover.
Important to consider.
I am speaking to people in this email who are already trying to optimize health and longevity. If you are not active and not focusing on being healthy then you need to begin with eating healthy and exercising. This is step one. My tips on recovery are for those of you who are already exercising regularly and demanding more from your body. A proactive approach to recovery becomes more important in this case.
Be sure to read the next email.
I will be expanding on the various ways to approach recovery and give specific benefits to each. If you have any questions about this topic don’t hesitate to reach out to me.