Factors for muscle recovery
Here’s a scenario: you’ve just bust your ass in the gym and you’re trying to get the best muscle recovery/gains. What do you do? THIS:
- Protein and carbs are key for improving muscle recovery and growth. Ideally in combination. You want high-quality proteins (think eggs, salmon, venison, etc.) and carbs from complex sources such as taro and beans/pulses.
- SLEEP IS KING. Nothing is more recuperative than good-quality sleep when you’re well-fed. This means prioritising an early night sometimes which can be tough, but prioritising recovery is how you get better. It’s not glamorous, but some shut-eye is your strongest ally.
- MINERALS AND WATER are key to hydrating. Post-workout mineral replenishment is absolutely essential for keeping muscles healthy. Muscles rely on electrolyte balance, so getting key minerals (potassium, magnesium, sodium, and calcium) are important.
- Don’t spend your rest days on the sofa watching re-runs of Jeremy Kyle. You should keep moving – just without as much effort. Walking, swimming, or just doing some stretching/yoga can really help. Muscles recover when they move – act accordingly!
“Everybody has the will to win – that’s easy. What it takes is the will to prepare to win”. The boring, behind-the-scenes stuff is what makes you better – whether you want to be a champion in your sport, or you just want to take back control over your own body.
If you’re chasing a transformation, your habits have to transform first. Try these changes for just 10 days and you’ll see exactly WHY they’re so important!