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Fitness pros have long known that after your workout, during the recovery phase, is when the body truly becomes fitter. But exactly what you should be doing during this phase and for how long has recently been a hot topic of research—which explains the influx of workout programming, fitness products, and education on how proper recovery can yield better results, says Nicole Nichols, fitness expert for SparkPeople.com. “In 2014 you’ll see even more information and products aimed at fitness recovery for optimal results (think foam rolling, ice baths, massage, heat, and other strategies to speed up and optimize the recovery and rebuilding process)," she says.
You can expect to see this trend in large gyms and smaller studios, with more classes that focus on stimulating flexibility, restoration, and myofascial release, says Carol Espel, senior global director of group fitness and Pilates for Equinox. These techniques can help promote recovery and enhance overall sports performance and longevity in training, whatever your goals might be, Espel says.
The right recovery-to-work ratio depends on your personal training plan and goals, so talk with a fitness professional if you're not sure about how to find the right balance for you.
Experts weigh in on the next-big-things in exercise and wellness (and how to use them to reach your goals faster)
Experts weigh in on the next-big-things in exercise and wellness (and how to use them to reach your goals faster).