Welcome to the fourth issue of FORTITUDE!

Message of the Month: Exercise Recovery

Many of us work very hard and consistently to achieve optimal results in our training. But a very important element part of a fitness program is exercise recovery. In order to perform optimally your body needs to recover and regain energy sources for the next intense workout.

So here is a list of thirteen exercise recovery methodologies:
1. Stretch - Relieves tension and tightness in muscles after the workout.
2. Sleep - We need at least six hours of sleep every night.
3. Nutrition - As discussed in April 2005 newsletter,  balanced meals are crucial for exercise recovery.
4. Massage - Relieves tension, tightness, and lactic acid in muscles.
5. Epsom/Dead Sea Salt Bath - Relieves tension, tightness, and lactic acid in muscles.
6. Heat Therapy - Steam room, hot showers, heat packs relieves tension and tightness in muscles.
7. Ice - Helps heal strain muscles or tendons.
8. Chiropractor - Keeps the spine in optimal condition so that all organs functioning optimally.
9. ElectroStimulation - Treatment for muscle strains.
10. HydroTherapy - Contrast bathes, whirlpool help relieve tension, and tightness in muscles as well as
                                   help heal injuries.
11. Accupuncture - A traditional Chinese medicine technique for unblocking the chi by inserting needles
                                 at particular points of the body, injuries or pain areas, to balance opposing forces.
12. Accupressure - Is an ancient Chinese healing method involving application of pressure to certain
                                 meridian points on the body to relieve pain.
13. Diathermy - Deep tissue heat treatment to relieve muscle spasm and tension.
As Hippocrates said over 2000 years ago "A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive the benefit from his illnesses."
Until next time continuing training intelligently towards your goals and have a blast doing so!


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