Recovery Part 1-Nutrition

The CrossFit program is amazing and it requires a lot of your body. So recovery plays a big role in getting our body back to where it needs to be so we can train the next day and God willing for many years to come.

In this 3 part series on recovery we are going to cover the 3 most important ways to speed up recovery and keep us happy, healthy, and fit well into our 90s!

Tylor

First up in this series is…NUTRITION (No surprise huh?!)

The food that we eat can either build us up and closer to our goals or they tear us down and slow recovery.

Think of food as our building block for everything physical that we do here and in life.

So what do we do with nutrition to speed up recovery?

 

Step 1 we have to start getting the right foods on our plate.

 

Meats-fish, chicken, turkey, beef, etc

Vegetables-broccoli, asparagus, onions, tomatoes, spinach, kale, etc.

Fruits-apples, bananas, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, etc

Healthy Starches-sweet potato, brown rice, potato, roots, carrots, etc

Nuts and Seeds-almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, etc

 

What these foods do is provide your body with the proper micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) that produce enzymes, hormones, and much more for growth and development.

Without these micronutrients our cells and organs cannot operate at their fullest potential. And we need them operating to their fullest because each day our body gives it all it has through our work day, workouts, and time at home.

Greg D.

Step 2 we need to eat the right amount of food for our goals.

 

This can range greatly depending on what you want or need but here is a good way to look at it.

General Health and Fitness-Eye/Hand Method

Elite Fitness-Zone Diet, and Counting Your Macros comes in.

If you are here for your general fitness (which is 99% of us) then we can use the Eye/Hand Method to get us the right amount of food to fuel us through our day.

Everyone must eat

3 Meals Per Day

1 Palm of Protein

2 Handfuls Vegetables

1 Handful Fruit/Starch

1 Closed Fist Nuts or 1 Thumb Oil

If you are looking to dial it in more and increase recovery because you want to operate at your fullest each day or you want to be an elite athlete, then you are looking more down the road of Zone Diet or Count Your Macros.

Those two options dial everything in down to the exact gram of protein, carbohydrates, and fat that you need to get your body back to where you want it to be so you can bring everything you have to tomorrows workout, board meeting, and spending time with family and friends.

In part 2 we will be covering sleep as the next step to recovery. Sleep is an essential part of your recovery each day and many, many people across America and depriving themselves of this important part of life.


Workout of the Day

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Shoulder Press