It is My Favorite Part of the Exercise Process – Recovery!

While all of that lifting and running and pushing and pulling can become quite a chore, the recovery phase of exercise is something I rather enjoy. It is a strange thing but many of us can be tempted to short change this vital part of the exercise cycle.

In our enthusiasm to build muscle, burn fat, or look younger we can easily start to exercise too much and not give our bodies the time it needs to repair and rejuvenate itself. We fail to give our bodies the time it needs to rebuild and grow stronger. But without an adequate recovery stage, all that exercise is tearing our bodies down. We need rest to build our bodies up. And exercising too frequently can lead to a greater chance of injury.

Injuries during exercise are not completely avoidable. But we can greatly limit them by taking two simple steps. Stretching properly before exercising and getting the proper rest between exercise sessions will go a long way in keeping you from having those nagging injuries that disrupt your exercise program.

You can make sure you are getting the proper rest for recovery by following a few simple steps. Take a day off after doing resistance exercise. Listen to your body and take a day off whenever you feel tired. Get plenty of sleep. Drink lots of water and get adequate nutrition.

It is okay to experiment with your exercise schedule in order to fine tune it for the best results. I am currently experimenting with lifting weight just two times per week. I figure that the added rest could allow my body to recuperate better now that I'm over fifty years old. I add extra sets to my workouts to try and make up for the lost workout each week.

So far, I think this regime is working for me. I look forward to each session. I feel like I am putting more into and getting more out of each session. If you find yourself dragging through your workouts maybe you should experiment with adjusting your exercise plan. Simple adjustments that allow you to get the proper rest can make a big difference in your temporary results.