Friday, January 29, 2016

It's Recovery Time!

If you follow me on Social media (scroll to bottom for links ) you might have seen me in one of those Cryo Chambers and a pair of NormaTec Boots. Recovery. Recovery. Recovery! Recovery has been the theme this year. I am not a spring chicken anymore. What I do after working out is very important.

I throw 5-6 times a week, lift 4 times a week, plyometric 2 times a week, sprints 2-3 times a week, Pilates 1 time a week, and Yoga occasionally. Whew! I’m tired just thinking about it. That’s a lot to demand from your body, especially when you are larger than average.

I turned 30 last year, which means I am getting older and I need to work smarter. One thing I learned while at the University of Texas (\-/ Hook’em Horns) is that you have to take care of your body. I had to get a message every week, visit the chiropractor every week, and take an ice bath at lease 2 times a week. There were eyes watching to make sure you were doing as you were told. Massages are the one thing that I am faithfully still doing. Chiropractor not so much, his office is so far away. Ice Baths I took one maybe 1-2 a month.

I hated doing ice baths not because it was cold. I hated buying 3-5 bags of ice up and down the stairs of my apt. I don’t mind sitting on a tub of freezing cold water, it actually feels good to me. I hated make the ice bath… Why? I don’t know. Technology advances has turned my 20min ice soak into to a quick 3min twirl.

I know you are wondering why do you have to put your body through all of that? For a quicker recovery.

Cryotherepy puts liquid Nitrogen in the air dropping the temperature under -250 degrees. By freezing the air around you or plunging into a bath full of ice triggers the brain to work to warm the bod back up by moving the blood around. That’s how we get that refreshed feeling. The difference between an ice bath and the Cryo I can get my whole body in a Cryo Chamber verses just my legs in a tub.

The NormaTech Boots uses compression to push blood around the body like getting a flush. The pressure start at my feet and it builds up pressure moving upward to get the blood back to your heart, so it can pump out fresh blood. They also have them for your arms and hips.

There are a few other things I do for recovery. I get a massage once a week, and I stretch, I soak in Epsom salt and hot water, and roll on a ball or foam roller on tight muscles in my body.

As a professional Athlete the way my body moves is my job. I have to take special care on how I Take care of it. The better my body moves the better I will be at my job.  I want to be the best I can be.

 

Until Next Time,

Michelle

 

PS. Stretching is good for everyone. Take a few moments and stretch your body.