Fit a massage into your fitness schedule…your muscles will thank you
You're probably doing everything right in the gym, with a mix of weight training and cardio. But if you aren't working your muscles outside the gym, your fitness routine isn't quite complete. Regular massage therapy is a great supplement to any fitness routine.
Athletes In Training Should Get Regular MassagesMany Olympic trainers encourage their athletes to get massages between intense workouts. Success is the number one reason. Athletes who get regular massages can boost their performance to gain an edge in competition. Massages help athletes in several ways:
- Blood flow is increased in muscles during massages, bringing oxygen and nutrients, which in turn encourages healthy and strong muscle tissue.
- Encourages lymphatic system to move fluids and eliminate lactic acid that builds up during an intense workout.
- Decreases the risk for future sports or fitness-related injuries including muscle tears, tendonitis and sprains.
- Helps speed up the body's natural healing process to improve the results from past injuries, and helps muscles recover faster.
You Don't Need To Be An Athlete ThoughIn addition to the athletic benefits of massage, anyone who has a fitness routine can benefit by incorporating massage into a weekly routine. If you are trying to lose weight, massage can assist your body. During intense workouts, you burn fat, but massage after a workout can help the body absorb it. Since massage also relaxes the body, it can help decrease cortisol levels. Since cortisol is a stress hormone, it sends messages to your body to store extra calories by increasing your blood sugar, decreasing digestion and holding onto stored fat.
How To Add Massage To Your Fitness RoutineIf you work out five times a week, your muscles are in a constant flux. Adding a massage twice a week can help muscles recover more quickly, which means you may be able to build up muscle tone faster. If you work out three times a week, a massage once a week may be enough. You can also get a pre-workout massage to help your muscles wake up before a workout, but typically pre-workout massages should be done within an hour before your workout for the best benefits.