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3 Post-Race Recovery Tips

Athletes spend a lot of time planning and preparing for race day, but it 's important to have a short plan for after the big race, too. We 've put together a few tips to help you quickly recover post-race. Post Race Recovery

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Walk: Immediately after the race, keep moving. Don't sit down. For 20-30 minutes post-race walk around, stretch and keep your blood flowing. Stopping immediately after a long run might cause fainting or leg cramps, which can hurt your muscle tissue. A few hours later, in the afternoon or evening, it can also be beneficial to your body's blood flow to go for another short walk. Eat: Begin refueling shortly after you cross the finish line. Many organized races provide food and drink at the end. If nothing is available, pack a drink or light snack in the car. Grab water, sports drinks and/or a balanced snack that includes carbohydrates, protein, and some fat. This helps your body replenish essential elements lost during exercise and recover quicker from the strenuous activity. Rest: After a hard race, your body needs time to recover. (It 's during this recovery that it actually gets stronger.) If you head back out too soon, you increase your chance of injury. Your hard-earned fitness will not disappear with a few days of recovery time. If you feel the need to get active, try going for a short walk, stretching or going for a light swim, but stay away from a taxing workout. Have you competed in any races this summer? We 'd love to hear your post-race recovery tricks! Share them in the comments below.
Posted by vivadmin at 8/22/2014 12:24:00 AM
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