Post-exercise recovery tips

Once the hard yards are completed, how can you avoid pulling up too sore?

Dr Shona Halson is the Head of Recovery at the Australian Institute of Sport. Selected as the Director of the Australian Olympic Committee Recovery Centre for the Beijing and London Olympic Games, she knows a thing or three about getting athletes back on their feet after a strenuous performance.

From getting plenty of sleep to kitting out in some high tech compression, here are her post-exercise recovery recommendations.

Dr Shona Halson’s 3 steps to recovery

For the everyday athlete, these three key factors will play a big role in improving your post-exercise recovery

1. Sleep – a no-brainer to improve your performance, mood and metabolism.

2. Nutrition – eat good food and ensure adequate rehydration.

3. Compression – whether you’re driving, sleeping or on the bus, wearing compression garments can help your muscles recover from a big workout.

We caught up with Dr Halson at the 2XU X:Level Training Camp, held at the AIS.

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