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Postworkout Muscle Recovery: How to Let Your Muscles Heal and Why
Dr. Rivadeneyra, a sports medicine specialist with Hoag Orthopedic Institute
recently spoke with
EverydayHealth.com about the importance of recovery after a workout...
Rest and Recovery Let Your Muscles Heal and Make You Stronger
The damage that exercise causes triggers your body’s immune system
to repair that damage, explains
Adam Rivadeneyra, MD, a sports medicine physician with the Hoag Orthopedic Institute and the
Orthopaedic Specialty Institute, both in California. And when your body’s
tissues — from your muscles and bones to heart and lungs —
recover, they become slightly fitter than they were before. That way,
the next time you perform the same workout, you won’t suffer as
“But you have to cause some damage to your body for it to adapt,”
Dr. Rivadeneyra says.
Active Recovery Active recovery means low-intensity, generally low-impact exercise that
promotes blood flow and tissue repair without further stressing the body,
Rivadeneyra says. Options include walking, cycling, or light body-weight
workouts. Think of active recovery as anything you can do without getting
winded or fatiguing your muscles.