Wednesday, February 13

I got a recommendation from Kyle Hendrickson to check out this book after he heard an interview with the author on NPR’s Fresh Air. And if you know me, you know I love a good NPR story!

The book is called Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery by Christie Aschwanden, and it investigates the multitude of recovery methods and products on the market today.

I haven’t read the book yet, but it’s on the list after reading this article about it: The 'Strange Science' Behind The Big Business Of Exercise Recovery (you can listen to the full interview here as well)

The fact is, the science of recovery is still evolving as we learn more and more about what really works. Just because you grew up hearing something was good for you doesn’t mean the science supports it.

I’ve written about icing on the blog before, and that’s one of those anecdotal things that every just believes is good for you. But more and more science is showing that the body’s natural inflammatory response to exercise is important for recovery and healing. Icing stops or slows this process.

She also digs into post-workout nutrition/supplements and hydration. Remember, bro-science isn’t real science.

Aschwanden also points out that the human body does a pretty great job at telling you exactly what it needs. If you need sleep you get tired, if you are dehydrated you get thirsty, if you are lacking nutrients you will crave certain foods, and so on.

The main point is - listen to your body! It’s super smart and is telling you what to do. But developing the skill of hearing that message isn’t easy at first; you have to take a step back and listen.

You can invest in massage guns, supplements, heart rate monitors and more to aid your recovery, but none of these things can replace proper sleep, nutrition and hydration.

Check out the story for yourself and hopefully you will get better at listening to your body and start recovering better!

Workout for Wednesday, February 13
Hip and Shoulder Mobility

13 min AMRAP
Thrusters (115/85)

CrossFit 616