Focus on Recovery!
First, let me thank you all for helping us honor and remember our fallen heroes yesterday. It was wonderful to have so many people join us to complete "Murph" in memory of Lieutenant Michael Murphy and all United States soldiers who have given their lives to defend our freedom. You can find pictures of the workout and the BBQ on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hyalitecrossfit.
After a workout like "Murph," it is important to focus on our methods for recovery. It is possible to complete such a high-volume workout and continue to thrive physically. However, it takes a great deal of effort to make that happen. Here are a few methods we highly promote for creating recovery that will allow for incredibly intense exercise on a regular basis:
Sleep - This is potentially the most underrated way to keep yourself healthy. Sleep is when your body is able to shut down all other processes and repair itself. It is up to you to figure out how to fit this into your undoubtedly busy schedule. Everyone seems to vary on how much they need on a consistent basis, but most of us fall in the 7-9 hour range. That means that most of us need at least 7 hours to maintain our desired level of health.
Diet - I am not telling you to get on a "diet." It is a bad word when used in that way. I'm telling you to focus on your diet - the nutrition you put into your body on a daily basis. There are lots of different theories on what is good or bad for you. I will avoid this controversy for today. All I will say here is to find the foods that make you feel the best and perform to the fullest of your abilities. Everyone has different nutritional choices at times, but find what makes your thrive and consume it.
Hydration - You need to keep your body rested, fed, and hydrated to recover from "Murph." Healing damaged muscle tissues requires additional blood volume and increased ability to flush out toxins. Both of these things require additional water to keep your body operating at full capacity.
Stress Reduction - This is another highly underrated component to long-term health promotion. Stress in your life can have very drastic effects on everything else you do for health. It can make sleep harder to come by, lead to poorer nutritional choices at times, reduce your appetite for healthy food and water, limit your attention for healthy nutritional choices and hydration, and affect your desire for healthy choices. Reduce your stress as much as possible. It will make your life so much more enjoyable.
If you're ready for more today, we have more torture planned!
Love you bye!