During an intense workout, the human body undergoes all sorts of different processes. Almost every system in the body chips in and focuses its efforts on keeping the muscles working properly. It is an inevitability that the body gets beat up during exercise. But that’s where protein and massages come into play.
First off, protein helps build and repair the broken down tissues from the intense workout. That’s why everyone these days is so protein-driven! Secondly, massages don’t affect muscle strength, but have been proven to optimize recovery. There are two different ways to use massages to help speed up recovery: self-massage (self-myofascial release) or professional massage.
Well, the final week of the wedding fitness plan is upon us and I hope that you have found success with your workout routines. Over the past few weeks I covered the importance of self-stretching as well as assisted stretching, but this week self-massage is the focus. Self-massage can be referred to as self myofascial release, which is a form of soft tissue therapy.
Wedding Season Week 10:
“Nothing takes as long as you think when you put your heart and mind to it.” (unknown)
Tip: Snacking before a workout is extremely important. By doing so, you will provide your body with enough fuel or energy to get through a long hard workout. Keep it small and simple, then grab a good healthy meal right after. A few quick healthy pre-workout snacks are fruit, granola, protein bar, egg whites, or a vegetable. (more…)