I have 2 forms of regeneration and recovery I like to employ with people. They are nearly always easy to administer and people can do them themselves without going to a gym or too much equipment. It certainly does not need 250 euro at a Spa. That’s not to say paying for some treatments do not have great value sometimes, but be choosy.
Essentially start with these 3 must-do’s;
There is a difference between regeneration and active recovery, and we use both. Active recovery is about increasing blood flow whereas regeneration is about settling down the nervous system. In modern life that is absolutely critical to basic survival and avoidance of sickness and disease.
The one thing to underpin all regeneration and recovery is sleep. If you are not getting enough sleep then pretty much everything else is a waste of time. If your sleep is not right all the massaging, foam rolling, sea swims, yoga and other therapies in the world do not matter a dam. I am a long way from a sleep expert and indeed it’s a constant battle for myself due to unusual working hours. Building habits and processes around my sleep is my major health and fitness goal at the moment, so I do realize it’s not always easy. But when I get it right I notice the difference significantly. There is also a lot of recent and ongoing research into sleep that without pointing out the obvious is telling us sleep is even more important than we ever realized. Poor sleep patterns are linked to all sorts of disease and indeed our mortality.
So sleep first.
In Part 8 we will look a little a some more specific regeneration and recovery methods.