We often forget recovery is multifaceted and encompasses more than just how we are sleeping, taking days off, what you’re consuming-
It’s very easy to become obsessed with what we are doing, rather than all the thing’s we aren’t or could be.
Are you implementing micro habits to maximise your body’s repair?
Often neglected is self-myofascial release, stretching and sufficient stress management.
…Every muscle in your body is enclosed in a bag of tough connective tissue known as fascia, which is what effects your entire body’s symmetry, flexibility and alignment.
There are four different kinds of fascia (structural, intersectoral, visceral, and spinal), when they become unhealthy, the fascia becomes sticky, tight and can form restrictions, adhesions- aka. muscle knots.
Manual release work is frequently overlooked (bearing in mind how low cost and easy to implement it is). Research has also suggested foam rolling facilitates increased blood flow, which can help speed the removal of metabolites that accumulate during training thus improved recovery.
It’s also important to note a healthy fascia allows you to move a joint through sufficient range of motion, creating a better ability to achieve adequate range of motion during your training sessions.
Not to mention this stretching and rolling also in turn elongates your muscles, preventing postural issues we see from our lifestyle choices.
Remember our body is interconnected.
If your abdominals are tight this can depress your chest and pull your shoulders forward, if your pectoral is tight this will alter the alignment of your shoulder girdle and limit the range of motion you can achieve during training and potentially lead to chronic pain.
Lastly, consider the role of emotional stress we carry through our body and how we hold ourselves.
Notice how your muscles tend to tighten up in response to a stressful day?
Often this is the main factor as to why I recommend stretching, foam rolling and yoga, which can become the perfect act of daily self care to disconnect from the ‘noise’ of day to day stress.
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