4 New Tools for Exercise Recovery
Repair Yourself While Remaining Active
We all love exercise, in fact, if you are like me- you may be addicted to it because it feels so good. Yet I often find myself sore, sometimes depleted and on a few occasions – injured. Knowing and listening to your body is crucial and a yoga practice gives us that gift. What happens though, when the lactic acid subsides and we overdo it without recovery? You might end up like me -nursing a partial achilles tendon tear. Fortunately there are many new tools and technology for a more active recovery. If you’re sore and looking to boost athletic performance – give one or all a try!
1. Cryotherapy is any treatment that involves the use of freezing or near freezing temperatures. Doctors have long recommended using ice packs on injured and painful muscles. Blood circulation is increased after the ice pack is removed, promoting healing and pain relief. While stepping into a freezing chamber may not sound like your idea of a good time, it can really speed healing, reduce inflammation and flush out lactic acid. Cryotherapy can help with muscle pain, as well as some joint and muscle disorders, such as arthritis. It may also promote faster healing of athletic injuries and reduce pain.
2. Leg Compression Sleeves benefit athletic performance and muscle recovery. They can also help reduce swelling and prevent injury. Wearing compression sleeves creates arterial dilatation, which increases the amount of blood flowing to the muscles providing more oxygen and nutrients. Compression leg sleeves add gentle, graduated pressure to your calves to help fight the effects of gravity. The circulation boost from compression reduces lactic acid, boosts the lymphatic system and reduces inflammation. With this increased circulation, recovery from exercise becomes faster with less discomfort.
3. Red light therapy is also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT). It uses low-energy light emitting diodes (LEDs) or lasers as an alternative therapy for pain relief, or to promote good cell functions. In contrast to high power lasers which can damage tissues, certain wavelengths of lasers are effective in applications such as speeding up wound healing, reducing the symptoms of restless leg syndrome and lowering pain in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. You can find inexpensive handheld units to target pain areas.
4. Weighted blankets reduce stress and tension in the body and mind. A weighted blanket is a lot like getting a firm but gentle hug. A weighted blanket is typically filled with small plastic pellets and ranges anywhere from 5 to 17 pounds. Weighted blankets reduce stress, anxiety and boosts mood through deep touch pressure stimulation. The result is reduced cortisol, stress levels, and inflammation. To order a weighted blanket visit www.weightedmagicblanket.com and ask for your 10% YogaFit discount.
For more recovery let’s not forget the importance of light movement, yoga stretching and meditation. When it comes to recovery, a little movement is key. Studies have shown active rest to be a key component to flush lactic acid, speed healing, and aid circulation. Happy resting and recovery!
Beth Shaw is the founder and CEO of YogaFit Training Systems Worldwide. She is a best selling author of three books- YogaFit, YogaLean and the YogaFit Athlete. Vistit her online at www.bethshaw.com and to find a YogaFit training near you www.yogafit.com