Why Muscle Recovery is Essential to Weight Loss
If you’re doing an exercise program, it’s important to train hard and push yourself. After all, if you don’t challenge your body, it won’t be able to grow muscles or burn fat. That being said, you also have to give your body a chance to rest.
One of the most common mistakes people make when they start exercising is not allowing their body to properly recover. Today in the Dynamic DNA Labs blog, we’ll talk about how important recovery is for your weight loss and muscle building goals.
How Weight Loss and Muscle Building Works
After you work out, your muscles need to replace what they lost. Exercising causes your body to lose energy and protein. If you don’t replace these things, then you begin to lose muscle. If weight loss is your goal, your body likely doesn’t have the energy sources it needs to burn fat. Supplying your body with this energy is the only way to achieve your goals. But what can you do to help your body recover?
The absolute best thing you can do for your body’s energy stores is sleep. Your body can do the most repair work when you’re sleeping. Not getting enough rest can be detrimental to both your weight loss and muscle building goals. Make sure you’re getting close to eight hours of sleep every night in order to maximize the amount of time your body has to recover.
Replace Protein and Follow a Healthy Diet
Your body absolutely needs protein after exercising. It’s what it will use to repair itself. There are plenty of foods high in protein that can help you get the amount you need, or you can use a protein powder to help you in a pinch. The important thing is you give your body the amount it lost. Eating enough protein isn’t enough though. The rest of your diet needs to be healthy and nutritional too.
Don’t Overdo It
It’s natural for your muscles to be sore the day after a workout. This is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). You can especially expect soreness when you’re first starting out. If you’re too sore to do your workout the next day, or if it’s painful to do your exercises, you may need more time to rest. It’s ok to push yourself, but not to the point of injury. Let your body tell you if it’s too much. If it feels like too much, take it slow. An injury will bring your weight loss and muscle building progression to a complete halt.
Weight Loss with Dynamic DNA Labs
If you’re frustrated because you’re not getting the weight loss or muscle building results you want, it might be time to try something new. A DNA fitness test and a DNA nutrition test from Dynamic DNA Labs can help you reach your weight loss goals. Contact us today for more information.