Title: What Recovery Techniques are Most Effective?
Episode Length: 16 min (Can watch the episode or read the blog below)
About the Episode:
There are many different recovery methods that are often discussed as options for endurance athletes, but which ones actually work and what are a waste of your time and money? Today we're going to touch on which ones are most effective - from the most basic to those that require a little more investment and time.
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Aiming for 8 hours is a general recommendation. If you can then fit in a 30min nap somewhere in the day too, particularly if your training load is quite high.
2. Foam Rolling
Purchasing a foam roller is also extremely cheap, you can find them for under $20 online.
3. Stress Management
Stress also reduces our immunity – and we all know that getting sick does not fit into a triathlete’s training schedule!
4. Ice Baths / Cold Water Therapy
ice baths or ‘cold water therapy’ have long been used as a technique to help reduce muscle soreness and therefore improve recovery.
5. Contrast Water Therapy
6. Compression Garments
There are so many different brands out there offering compression garments, with a range of differing prices. 2XU is a pretty common and affordable brand for compression garments
Many athletes also report feeling less muscle soreness post-massage or that tight spots or knots have been loosed up, however, this may lead to premature return to training and therefore increased risk of injury. So, make sure you maintain your normal recovery periods even if that massage makes you feel better!
8. Recovery Boots
At the very least they force you to put your feet up for a period of time which many busy triathletes struggle to do!
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