In our last blog, we started a discussion about recovery. Why? Because recovery is hard to understand. Unlike reps and sets, it is affected by many different factors. Truly, learning to recover well is just as hard if not harder than learning to lift with good form. Many times, it seems easier to simply keep working out than deal with the mental challenge of time off. This is an inexperienced way to handle training, but it takes a while to escape. That is why we are going to share a few more things to consider as you seek to understand effective recovery habits.

Factor in your age

  • You may not like this one, but you’ll like it even less if you don’t take it into consideration. The older you get, the longer it takes your body to recover. That’s okay. It’s far better to learn how to shake things up and alternate workouts than injure yourself. Remember, it takes longer for injuries to heal, too! Listen to your body and enjoy what you can do to the fullest.

The more muscles you exercise, the more rest you’ll need

  • In our last blog, we talked about large muscles taking longer to recover. The same goes for large muscle groups. Why? Because large muscle groups have to lift more in order to experience the same benefits as smaller muscle groups. More muscle exercises means more muscle destroyed. You need to give them all time to come back stronger.

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