Stretching isn’t the only way to maximize your post-workout routine. To enhance recovery, it’s important to consider hydration, nutrition, and self-massage.


All your cellular functions take place in the medium of water. If your cells are dehydrated, your body can’t effectively work on all cylinders. The result is a slowed metabolism and hindered repair of muscle tissue because your body isn’t able to deliver key nutrients or remove waste products from your cells as quickly as it could if it were fully hydrated.

When you hydrate appropriately after your workout by topping off your water stores, your cells are able to recover and repair at an optimum speed. This actually helps prepare you for your next workout so you can hit ...

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