May 9, 2017
New week, new episode, so head over now to Get-Fit-Guy and check it out.
Each week, over at the Quick & Dirty Tips Network, I produce a free, easy-to-read article, accompanied by a short 5-10 minute audio version of that article. Everything there is focused on the latest fitness research, exercise news, and quick and highly practical muscle gain, fat loss and physical performance tips. It’s called “The Get-Fit Guy’s Quick & Dirty Tips To Slim Down & Shape Up”.
Here's what we have from this week's episode “How to Recover Like Wolverine from X-Men: Part 1“.
I was recently splayed out on my bed in a hotel room in Lynwood, WA, my entire body throbbing and aching from having just surged across the finish line of a Spartan Super obstacle race – 9.8 miles of stumbling through Pacific Northwest rainforest while hoisting sandbags, clambering over logs and rocks, swinging from monkey bars, hauling buckets full of weight, crawling through barbwire and high-stepping through mud and bogs.
On my hotel room TV was the first movie I’ve watched in a long time: “Logan” – the icing on the cake of the Marvel Comics “Avengers” Wolverine series – which, of course, features the single most fast-recovering superhero on the face of the planet. And while you certainly can’t expect to get punched ten times in the face by a muscle-bound cyborg and expect your broken and smashed cheekbones and nose to magically regenerate, you certainly can bounce back from many workouts, races, injuries or surgeries far faster than modern sports medicine and orthopedics would have you to believe.
Now, I’ll admit it: I used to be pretty old-school and simple when it came to recovery. A postworkout shake. Maybe a little stretching or time with the foam roller. And if things got really bad, some ice massage or a cold bath.
Not that there’s anything wrong with simplicity. After all, it’s easy to get so carried away with new gadgets, toys, and recovery tools that you forget to take time to enjoy a glass of wine while taking in the sunset at the end of the day.
But I remember when I shared an office with a sports medicine doctor. All day long, marathoners, triathletes, cyclists, and weekend warriors came through the door complaining of chronic aches, pains, and injuries that they’d been fighting for weeks, months, and even years. With just a few of the recovery tips I’m about to share with you, those folks could have easily saved themselves a lot of pain and frustration, not to mention money on doctor’s visits and operations.
So I would be remiss if I didn’t equip you with every possible technique I know to keep your body in pristine shape, especially if you’re laying down some serious damage by being more than a weekend warrior.
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