Recover from exercise faster, even when you’re over 40, so you can go all day…and then do it again and again and again.
“Leave me alone…just 5 minutes more…” he groaned from under the sheets.
I couldn’t believe it, this was the same man who just 2 days ago had been dragging me down to the beach at 8am. 8am when there was absolutely NO wind and no forecast of wind for another 5 hours, but he wanted to be there anyway, “just in case.”
Today at 11 am it was windy and I couldn’t get him out of bed!
It was something we’d see all the time back when I ran kitesurfing camps…
People would work their ass off to save up for the holiday, blow a load of cash getting here and would generally have been looking forward to kitesurfing their ass off for the last few months.
They’d rock up at the beach like a kid in a sweet shop, take in all the sunkist bodies, the kites in the sky, the wind gently teasing them…
They’d rig up in seconds…often getting their wetsuit on backwards in their haste. And RUN down to the waterline to get started.
Fast forward 3 days…
That same person was now having to be dragged out of bed in the morning. When we told them it was windy a kind of terror crossed their face.
When we finally got to the beach they’d take ages to rig up, have forgotten 100 things in the car, need to buy water and a sandwich before they started. Once they finally did hit the water they’d be back and sunbathing in 30 mins…
What caused this incredible turn around in their attitude?
I’m sure you’ve guessed it. Kitesurfing, like any other exercise, causes stress on the body. Time and time again we’d see our clients bodies were simply unable to to bounce back from that stress.
People tend to split exercise preparation, exercise and then recovery into separate and distinct activities…
BUT…effective recovery starts way before we ever start to exercise.
Think of your ability to deal with stress as a cup.
- The bigger the cup the more ability you have to tolerate stress.
- The faster you can drain liquid from the cup the quicker you can recover from stress.
- The more liquid you have in the cup the more stressed you are.
Now exercise is a stress…so when you’re exercising you’re adding liquid to the cup.
So if you can ensure, before you ever start to exercise that your cup is the size of a trophy and as empty of liquid as it can. Whilst having great systems in place to empty liquid out when it accumulates. You’re going to do a lot better on your next activity holiday or just the next time you hit the gym.
Here’s the key…it takes time to set these things in place. You cannot increase the size of the cup overnight, or empty the cup in a few hours. So by the time you rock up on your next activity holiday, if you don’t already have them in place…it’s too late!
So we want to be doing things ALL THE TIME to increase the size of the cup and drain liquid out of it effectively.
What Are Those Things?
Well I’m sure you’ve heard them before…
- Low inflammatory, high nutrient diet
- Young muscles which can receive oxygen and remove waste
- Great sleep
- Cold water
- Systemic enzymes
- Omega 3 fatty acids
Really we’re talking about one thing, I call it the Secret Sauce:
Lowering stress of ALL kinds: So in addition to all the above, do a load of whatever works for you to lower your general stress levels. For some that might be meditation, for others a walk on the beach, laughing lots or hugging.
THE CEO’s DILEMMA
For a lot of you high driver types, your chosen form of stress relief is exercise…exercise which (in the short term at least) adds more liquid to your cup making you more stressed!
So I would suggest finding something to de stress which isn’t exercise!
Now exercise is without a doubt one of the best de stressors there it, but it’s also placing more stress on your body and forcing it to recover even more…
This is why super stressed CEO’s, who’s only stress release is to go to the gym, end up digging themselves in to a hole they just can’t CLIMB OUT OF.
It’s important we don’t focus on recovery as a separate activity, distinct from the pre exercise preparation and the exercise itself. Why? Because after exercise, there’s actually not a lot can do (at least if we don’t want to spend lots of money or need fancy equipment).
So What We Can Do:
- Compression garments
- Hot/Cold (there’s a reason athletes spend so long in the jacuzzi)
- Red light
- Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s)
But to be honest even if you’re doing all these things but don’t do the PRE work…you won’t notice a huge difference…
Recovery is a lifestyle…its about prepping your body to perform at its best so it can recover at its best…consistently.
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