Tampa Bay, FL – January 20, 2016 – What exactly is a recovery program? Right out of the gate you may think of it as a time to heal from an injury. That’s close, but not totally what we mean. Ask any athlete what’s important to them and they’ll reply good health, proper nutrition, focused training and down time to decompress. That’s what a recovery program is.
All athletes, from recreational to competitive, know how important “down time” is. Our bodies need time to recover from the stress of training for a race. Intense prolonged training without some down town (at least a week) could contribute to injuries. And, any athlete will agree that most of the year is all about intense training and no one wants downtime because of an injury.
Noted runner Laurie Wisotsky is a firm believer in recovery programs and has some suggestions on how to take advantage of the winter and incorporate some beneficial routines into your workouts. For instance:
- Try incorporating some strength training, such as Pilates. Pilates is a great option as it targets the core muscles (often neglected) that are key to maintaining health and preventing injury.
- Add stretching and foam rolling. The long-term benefits will help you prevent injury and recover more quickly.
- Proteins and fluids are another important part of any training or recovery program
Lisa Chase, owner and physical therapist at Back 2 Normal Physical Therapy says “The most successful athletes implement a recovery program into their training to not only prevent injury, but to enhance performance.” She agrees with Wisotsky that foam rolling (try the MELT Method), stretching, quality protein, plenty of fluids and some down time will allow the body to recover.
Wisotsky suggests that when planning your 2016 races, seek a coach’s guidance and “look at how elite athletes train. Races that are scheduled race after race are taxing on the body. Adding ample down time is a must.” She adds, “Everyone is different, but use this guideline for optimum benefits: One day off per mile raced.”
Set goals for 2016. Regardless of whether your goal is to run a 5k faster, complete your first marathon or merely to add a new routine to your fitness schedule, you’ll find that setting goals will make 2016 a fun and successful year!
Read Laurie Wisotsky’s blog at www.lauriewisotsky.com to learn more about running and athletic-related topics.
About Laurie Wisotsky:
Laurie Wisotsky began her running career in 2007. Starting out as a novice runner with the positive attitude of “I can do it”, Wisotsky’s strength as an athlete grew over the years leading to her competing in world class marathons including the Boston Marathon, San Francisco Nike Women’s Marathon, Chicago Marathon, Athens, Greece Marathon and the London Marathon. A true athlete, injuries and surgeries did not deter Wisotsky. In 2014 her focus changed to short distance competitions which lead to several podium finishes and All American titles in the indoor/outdoor 1 mile/1500 meter events and 800 meter event at state and national championships. Wisotsky writes an informative and helpful blog on her website at www.lauriewisotsky.com.
About Back 2 Normal Physical Therapy
Back 2 Normal Physical Therapy was founded by Lisa Chase in 1998. She is an internationally recognized physical therapist, educator, lecturer and published author with a specialty in rehabilitation, sports performance and wellness. Back 2 Normal Physical Therapy is a wellness, rehabilitation studio that offers preventative and injury management services which encourages a team approach in order to provide the most comprehensive care to our clients. We provide one-on-one care, a strong commitment to excellence, high integrity and the devotion to educate and empower our clients. We excel in promoting healing, offering quick and easy solutions and prevention strategies for active lifestyles and sports performance. For more information, visit their web site at http://www.back2normalpt.com