Workout recover is a vital part of training. Without good recovery techniques, your hard training will go to waist as your gains are drastically diminished. There are an assortment of simple techniques that you can use for various purposes.
EPSON SALT BATH
Epson salt is a magnesium salt that will absorb through the skin and flood muscles. This will relax muscles, relieve tension and encourage blood flow which improves recovery rate. The easiest way to accomplish this is a 20 minute hot bath with 2 cups of epson salt. This is best performed on workout days.
Old but tried and true, ice is one of the best recovery techniques available. Icing a muscle or joint after a hard workout will help remove old blood and then new blood will refill the tissue with oxygen and nutrients to heal the damaged tissues. 20 minutes post workout is sufficient.
This works for the same reason that ice works, but covers a larger area. 20 minutes, chin deep in a 65 degrees tub will make you feel like a new man even after the hardest workout.
HOT/COLD CONTRAST BATH OR SHOWER
2 minutes as cold as you can stand it followed by 1 minute a shot as you can stand it (without burning yourself), repeat 5 times. This works even better for flushing out the muscle and improving fresh blood flow.
In the next post on recovery I will post a video on some more complex techniques.