According to research, approximately 60% of people admit that they make New Year’s resolutions, but only about 8% are successful in achieving them. Regardless of the outcome from the previous year, the majority of us make a new set of resolutions, hoping for the best. And the second most popular resolution that people make involves exercising more.
The stress put on our bodies when working out – when followed by adequate recovery time – allows us to maintain good health and fight off illness. But that stress becomes our foe when we over-train without sufficient recovery.
Today we’re sharing reasons why you should include regular massage treatments in your training routine to counter the effects of over-training.
1. Detoxification: When applied lightly, massage strokes encourage the body to eliminate toxins and lactic acid, which are produced during intense training.
2. Stress Relief: Massage can help diminish stress by allowing the worries of everyday living to melt away.
3. Post-Workout Recovery: To achieve muscle growth, muscle tissue requires extra amounts of nutrients and oxygen, which massage can deliver.
4. Improved Muscle Performance: As muscles tighten they shorten, resulting in a lack of blood supply to the area. Deep tissue massage can help diminish the tightness, allowing the muscle fibers to perform at their best.
5. Increased Flexibility: Massage, particularly a style that incorporates stretching, can help increase the flexibility of a muscle and reduce the risk of injuries.
6. Increased Blood Flow: Massage strokes increase the blood supply to muscles and delivers oxygen, water and nutrients so the body can build extra muscle tissue.
7. Improving Sleep: Massage can reduce the amount of tension in the muscles and promote a much deeper, restful sleep.
8. Pain Reduction: Corrective massage can be highly beneficial because it can be introduced quite early in the rehabilitation process.
9. Decreased Tightness: A skilled massage therapist will be able to release the stiff bands of muscle to improve performance, sleep patterns and overall health.
10. Train More: Massage can help minimize the effects of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, which will allow the athlete to train more often, for longer periods.
To determine if you are overtraining, each day upon waking, take your pulse and record the heart rate pulse count. If the heart rate continually climbs, you are overtraining and stress is overtaking your body’s ability to recover.
If you are a fan of working out – and might possibly over-train at times – you can definitely benefit from regular massage treatments. Call us today and we’ll show you how.