What you do between your workouts is what matters most.
When I played pro soccer, many of the best players I played with and against knew something that most others don’t — workout recovery is more important than even training.
You may not be an athlete, but the same goes for you.
If you continually push your body without adequate rest and recovery, then you will burn out and you’ll feel stiff and sore all the time. Understand that exercise is a form of stress and that too much will break you.
Workout recovery can take the form of a proper warm-up and cool down, foam rolling and deep tissue work, getting quality sleep, proper anti-inflammatory nutrition, and even meditation to relax and open your body.
In my experience, having all of these pieces of the puzzle makes a world of difference in your results and how you feel on a day-to-day basis. I believe that you really only need a maximum of 3-4 workouts per week. If these workouts are done correctly, your body will need those off days to recover and bounce back stronger.
One more thing to remember is that movement should be considered part of your workout recovery. If you do nothing but sit all day you’ll make your body feel more stiff.
Thus, even on your off days, be sure to move around, stay limber, and stretch. These are they keys to feeling like a million bucks – no matter how old you are.
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