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Can Skipping a Workout Actually be Good For You?

December 02, 2015 3 min read

When it comes to the fitness world, there is always a new trend buzzing about, captivating people's attention far and wide. But the newest one has nothing to do with weights or reps. Right now, the biggest trend to take note of is all about recovery. The more consistent you are with your workouts, the more recovery you should incorporate in order to feel fitter faster and better overall.
Most fitness fanatics or anyone just looking to get or stay in shape has been told that more is better. More mileage, more dumbbells and more sweat makes way for a fitter you, right? Not exactly says this new trend, which is all about recovery. People need to be taking advantage of stretch classes, foam rollers and other recovery methods. The idea is that the more you take time to honor your body with recovery, the better you'll be when you want to hit it hard. Gabby Rosenthal, 31, is a public relations director in New York City and lives by this method. She says that for years she had to take modifications in boot camp classes in order to deal with her tight hips, bad knees and flexibility issues. She even ran half marathons, but was continuously met with aches and pains that forced her to take walk breaks. But eventually a trainer introduced her to foam rolling, which made all the difference. She chose to do a 20-minute routine daily, and after just three months, she found herself clocking her personal best in a 5-mle race, shaving off nearly 30 seconds per mile. She was also able to do one-legged squats for the first time ever. “It’s made a crazy, huge difference,” she says. “Now I don’t ever skip it because I know I can’t work out as well without rolling.”
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“If you exercise hard and you don’t allow yourself any recovery, you’re wasting your time,” explains Lance Dalleck, Ph.D., who is an assistant professor of exercise and sport-science chairman at Western State Colorado University. Deep stretching not only helps people to relax, but to recharge as well. A study in the International Journal of Sports Science and Engineering agrees, as it discovered that eight weeks of Hatha yoga was able to improve participants' distance and speed in moves such as agility sprints. This is because, after you take part in a sweaty workout, your body is in shock. Your muscle fibers are torn, fuel stores are depleted and even your immune function is zapped. But once you're over that hump, your body repairs muscles and replenishes glycogen stores. These recovered muscles aid in helping you to run faster and lift more. However, if you don't repair your body, you will just go back to your initial phase. The foam roller is the go-to option for many physical therapists and gyms. LifeTime Fitness, for instance, hosted a clinic at 117 gyms across the country and found that the tool helped to iron out fascia, the connective tissues that stretches both over as well as through your muscles. It can tighten with too much ongoing stress, making it hard for the muscles to work well. “The system is connected throughout, so you can roll out the fascia in your foot and have increased range of motion at the hamstrings,” explains Duane Button, Ph.D., who is an assistant professor of exercise science at Memorial University of Newfoundland. And a recent study by Button discovered that just two minutes of foam rolling increased range of motion by 10 degrees. He's also found that rolling twice on the quads for 60 seconds can both reduce muscle soreness for up to three days post workout as well as help achieve better performance in a vertical leap test . Along with foam rolling, it's best to space out big workouts by 48 hours at the least. Do you believe you stretch and foam roll regularly and appropriately?
Source: Self

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