Recovery, the lost gem.

Throughout the fitness industry, it has been said and argued that one must exercise daily in order to see great results and feel better. Many have been led to believe that more volume equals greater results. While increased physical activity (not exercise) does benefit people in many ways, one crucial component of the balanced exercise program is frequently forgotten or ignored, and that is the recovery process.

Exercise is a process where by the body preforms work of a demanding nature, in accordance with muscle and joint function, in a controlled environment with in the constraints of safety,  to meaningfully load the muscles to deplete and inroad strength levels to stimulate a growth mechanism with in minimum time. Muscle development occurs not during an actual bout of resistance training but in the recovery period. While strength training, the muscle fibers are placed under a heavy stimulus that forces them to breakdown and rebuild newer stronger fibers. This rebuilding process occurs within 36 to 78 hours following your workout, and depending on the intensity of the workout you perform, studies has shown that full recovery can take up to a week or more.

Without a proper rest and recovery period, you can actually hinder your body from attaining the fitness results you work so hard to attain. Overtraining occurs when the body isn’t provided with enough rest and can result in fatigue, pain, and increased risk for injury. Rather than overloading your body with high volumes of work, focus on the quality of your workout and allow your body enough time to rebuild and become stronger. When it comes to exercise, purity is way more imporant then quanity.