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Exercise of the Month - October 2008: “Recovery”
Vic Brown, Boston University Associate Strength & Conditioning Coach, provides this edition’s exercise tip on recovery. In fact, Coach Brown has been so helpful he will be providing further content in future editions. Here’s what Vic has to say on Recovery:
Constantly training at a hard pace can lead to disruptions in sleep, an increased resting heart rate, disruptions in eating habits and body weight, poor performance, and illness or injury. If you are hurt, you simply can’t enjoy the activities you once excelled in. Recovery is arguably the most overlooked segment of too many regimens I come across when speaking with exercise enthusiasts. Many practices can be implemented into one’s training and I’d like to share one with you- “Cool Down.”
All workouts should be concluded with a cool-down. Low-intensity aerobic activities such as walking and swimming help reduce potential for muscle soreness and brings your heart rate back to normal/resting levels. Basic stretches can also help to cool your body down after a workout. Regardless of the method you choose, include some form of recovery after each workout.