So you’ve joined a gym. Or purchased some weights for home. Or maybe you’ve just booked a PT.
You’ve finally taken the leap— whether it’s joining a gym, getting some weights for your living room, or diving straight in with a personal trainer. Kudos to you! Let’s chat about something just as important as those sweat-dripping sessions at the gym: what you do outside of it.
Your muscles might be doing the hustle in the gym, but are they getting the TLC they need outside?
Let’s dive into it.
Great Nutrition: Your Body’s Fuel
Ah, the age-old saying, “You are what you eat.” It couldn’t be more accurate. Consider this: you wouldn’t put low-quality fuel into a high-performance car, right? Your body, my friend, is that high-performance machine. While the gym is where you break those muscles, the kitchen is where you build them back up. Focus on balanced meals with a good mix of protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats. And don’t skimp on those leafy greens! They’re packed with nutrients that aid muscle recovery. Plus, keeping yourself hydrated is key. It’s like oiling that machine of yours; keep the water coming!
Adequate Sleep: The Ultimate Recovery Tool
Who doesn’t love a good night’s rest? But it’s not just about feeling fresh the next morning. When you’re deep in slumber, that’s when the magic happens. Your muscles get to repair, rebuild, and grow stronger. Think of sleep as your body’s way of hitting the reset button. So, set up a calming bedtime routine. Maybe read a bit (how about a book on keeping hens? 😉) or do some light stretching. Keep those screens away and drift into a peaceful sleep, letting your body do its thing.
Move More, Sit Less: Everyday Activity
It’s tempting to think that since you’ve had a smashing workout session, it’s alright to stay sedentary for the rest of the day. But moving around regularly—even just a bit—can do wonders. Take your dogs for an extra walk, choose stairs over elevators, or have a little dance session while cooking. It keeps the blood flowing, muscles active, and your mood uplifted!
Minimising Stress: Easier Said Than Done, but Oh So Crucial!
Stress is a sneaky devil. Not only does it play havoc with our minds, but it also releases cortisol—a hormone that can slow muscle growth. So, find your zen. Whether it’s through meditation, spending time with your dogs and hens, or immersing yourself in your ecommerce business, find something that takes your mind off things and helps you relax.
- Recovery Isn’t Just Sleep
While sleep is king for recovery, let’s not forget other ways to pamper those hardworking muscles. Consider regular massages, foam rolling, or even a relaxing bath with Epsom salts. These little rituals can speed up recovery, reduce muscle soreness, and get you ready for your next session in no time.
- Recovery Isn’t Just Sleep
In the grand scheme of things, while those gym sessions are pivotal, it’s the holistic approach to health that truly makes the difference. What you do outside the gym is the unsung hero of your fitness journey. Give it the attention it deserves, and you’ll not only see, but also feel the results in every part of your life.
Keep smashing those goals, and remember, every bit counts, both inside and outside the gym. Until next time.
But muscle building won’t stop there. So how do you maximise the time spent in the gym?
It’s the things you do outside the gym that are going to help you here, such as:
- Great nutrition
- Adequate sleep
- Moving around more
- Minimising stress
Recovery is when your muscle will repair and grow and we recover during deep sleep, hence why a good bedtime routine is important.