The Four Components of Recovery
This is an excerpt from Smarter Recovery by Pete McCall.
Numerous methods and techniques can help promote postexercise recovery. The essential components of any recovery strategy are hydration to replace exercise-related water loss, nutrition to replace energy and promote tissue repair, rest to allow time for your physiology to completely return to homeostasis, and tissue treatment to help reduce overall tightness while enhancing circulation to remove the by-products from anaerobic metabolism. Table 4.2 describes the function of each of these strategies.
From these four general categories of recovery strategies, there are a range of methods you can use to help promote postexercise recovery (table 4.3). How these methods work and exactly when you should use them for optimal results will be addressed in the following chapters.
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