By Melissa Ivy Katz
April 14, 2014
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The recovery period following your workout is just as important as the workout itself. That's because your body needs ample time to rest in order to repair muscles, replenish energy, and reduce post-workout soreness. For the final week of our two-month healthy living series, we've outlined seven scientifically proven methods to help you speed up workout recovery and maximize your performance when you return to the gym.

In the checklist below, you can find a week's worth of easy and effective ways to restore your body after intense workouts. From staying hydrated to relieving sore spots, these seven tips are the real secret to getting stronger, faster, and fitter than ever before.

Click to print the plan below and start giving your body what it needs!