How to Boost Your Post-Run Recovery

How to Boost Your Post-Run Recovery

Are you looking to find new ways to boost your post-run recovery time, so you spend less time stiff and sore? Running can be an incredible way to get in shape and stay in shape, but running can be a high-impact activity that can cause a lot of aches and pains that keep you out of the game longer. So how can you help your body recover better so that you can come back stronger than ever before? Skip counter pain medication and start changing how you recover from exercise with these tips from HiDow International.

Dynamic Cool Down – Stretch and Walk After Your Run

When you exercise, your body releases lactic acid that can cause you to feel stiff and sore. As soon as you finish your run, you want to get a good cool down in. Dynamic cool-downs combine walking/jogging with stretches to make sure that your heartbeat returns to a normal level while breaking down the lactic acid that was released during your run.

Stretch With a Tens/Ems Device

Another excellent way to stretch after your run is with a TENS/EMS device. Stretching while you use an e-stim device will allow you to stretch while disrupting any pain signals that you may be experiencing. A great example of stretching with a TENS/EMS device can be found in our Active From Home posts.

Massage and Stretch

In addition to stretches, we recommend giving your muscles a little massage. If you have access to a foam roller or a massage tool, either at home or at your gym, foam rollers can be a great way to get knots out of your muscles.

Take an Ice Bath

Have you ever seen behind the scenes of your favorite athlete training and seen them take an ice bath? If you’ve never taken an ice bath before, then you had a very nice fitness instructor! That being said, there are incredible recovery benefits to taking ice baths, like easing muscle soreness and inflammation.

Switch Up Your Workouts

If you want to boost your post-run recovery, you may want to consider diversifying the exercises that you do. One great way to do this is by cross-training. Run one day, swim the next, lift weights some days, and then cycle back to running. Even 2 days on and 1 day off would help you switch up your workouts.

Nutrition and Hydration

While the quality of your exercise will depend on the quality of the fuel that you put in your body, the same is true for your recovery. If you want to boost your post-run recovery, you will want to make sure that you are properly hydrated and that you refuel your body with the right nutrients. Some of the best foods to eat after a workout are lean proteins, carbohydrates, and leafy greens.

A good diet paired with plenty of rest and a good night’s sleep will round off your post-run recovery and set you up for success!