How long do you need to rest between workouts?
Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is the muscular pain that can peak 24-72 hours after a hard workout.
While there are many factors (type and duration of workout, your specific body, etc.) that are factored into recovery time, in general, recovery periods range from 2-3 days to a week.
What about active recovery?
Active recovery, from swimming to yoga to a light walk, can be a great alternative to pure rest. Keeping your body moving without overworking your muscles is great for the body and mind.
What post-exercise recovery method is best for me?
Only you know what makes your body feel better after a workout! We recommend a proper medical massage to relieve soreness and break up any lactic acid has formed in the muscles. (Be sure to ask us about ours at the office!)
For more information on recovery, ask us at your next appointment!
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We hope you have a wonderful and healthy holiday.
Just a reminder – we will be closed for the holiday on Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th.
Please feel free to give us a call today or tomorrow with any scheduling questions!
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Can exercise help lower the risk of RA?
Studies of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) suggest that regular exercise can both lower the risk of RA in women and benefit women currently suffering from RA.
From yoga to gentle exercise (walking, swimming, cycling), physical activity has been found to benefit those suffering from chronic illness or pain. Some of these benefits include: better mood and mental health, stronger muscles and joints, and increased energy levels.
For more suggestions feel free to ask us at your next appointment.
Should you be skipping instead of running?
While skipping seems silly, it can be a great alternative to running.
According to the study, running produces nearly twice the impact on the kneecap that skipping does.
Skipping not only reduces the impact on joints but also produces a greater calorie burn – about 30% more than running!
Still not convinced?
79% of runners report at least one injury per year, usually related to the knees and lower extremities. Unlike the cyclical gait of running, skipping allows for a more natural gait.
Those with weak ankles and calves should consider a mix of both, since skipping may apply more pressure to these areas.
Why don’t you give it a try? (And let us know – we’re curious.)