The Best Form of Recovery Is Sleep
By Takia McClendon
This post was originally featured in City Fit Girls Newsletter #187 on July 8, 2019.
If I told you that the best form of recovery wasn't your foam roller, massage therapist or favorite chocolate protein shake, would you believe me? Although those tools can offer benefits, the best form of recovery is actually, drum roll please... sleep.
While this may not be shocking news to some, many people (myself included 🏾) don't always practice good sleeping habits. On a scale of 1-10, I'd rate my sleep habits at about a 6. Although I'm averaging 7 hours (or less) every night, I know my body could benefit from 8 hours (or more), especially after exercise.
Here's Why: According to Fatigue Science, a lack of sleep can impact motor function, muscle recovery, injury risk and reaction times - all areas that are important for fitness enthusiasts. That means even if you're doing the most effective workout plan in the world, you may jeopardize getting the results you want if you don't get enough sleep.
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rank your sleep habits? Do you get at least 7 hours every night? Do you have a wind down routine? Do you sleep with your gadgets far away from your bed?
If you want to improve your sleep routine - and your recovery, I challenge you to pick 1 or 2 areas you can change THIS WEEK. Whether it's sticking to a set bedtime, setting the temperature in your room to 65 degrees, or shutting off all lights and screens before sleeping, small steps can make a big difference. If you'd like to learn more about the impacts of sleep on recovery (and life in general), check out the resources below.
If you have tips you'd like to share with me, comment below or DM me on Instagram @cityfitgirls.