Proper recovery is a necessary element in achieving your personal martial arts and fitness goals. Even though recovery plays a significant role in the quality of your martial arts training, it’s often overlooked.
The time and effort you put into a recovery routine are just as important as the classes you attend. Why? Because your body needs time to rebuild and repair. Without proper recovery, you might experience a decrease in motivation, show signs of overtraining, increase your risk for injury, or begin feeling bored or burned out.
Your sleep, nutrition, and hydration habits all play a role in making sure you’re recovering well. Here are a few recovery methods to try after your next class:
1. Foam Roller
Over time, small adhesions can form in your muscles. These knots can cause muscle soreness and affect how well you’re able to move both on and off the mat. A foam roller can promote and improve your mobility by targeting the knots and adhesions in your muscles. Use a foam roller to roll out your major muscle groups gently. You might be uncomfortable, but foam rolling should never be painful.
Another excellent recovery method that goes well with foam rolling is stretching. Foam rolling targets and improves joint mobility while stretching can increase your flexibility. Improved flexibility can help you maintain and improve your body posture and alignment. Post-class is the best time to stretch because your muscles are warm, and you’re less likely to pull or stretch a muscle too far.
3. Epsom Salt Bath
While the research behind using Epsom salts for muscle recovery is still unclear, there is some evidence that suggests its usefulness. Epsom salts contain magnesium, an essential mineral that can aid in muscle recovery. A warm Epsom bath is relaxing, and it has the potential to decrease muscle swelling, reduce stress, increase circulation, and even improve mood. If anything, soaking in a warm tub can be a relaxing way to recover after a tough class.
Karate Fit USA in Lawrence offers quality training to help you reach your goals. To learn more about the programs we have to offer, contact us today.