As an athlete who’s tried different sports and martial arts in my life such as football, soccer, kickboxing/boxing, basketball, futsal, Jujitsu and weight training… an important factor I found was recovery.
I didn’t realise how important it was till a few years ago until I started taking it seriously. Different ways of recovery I used and learned that were effective and made a big difference, not only physically but mentally as well were, Stretching frequently, swimming, massage, sleeping, discipline and awareness.
Making time for swimming was hard and I never thought I would see myself doing it consistently… but that made a huge change in my recovery. The benefits of swimming are not only good as a form of exercise in terms of cardiovascular health but help to free up the joints and the production of synovial fluid that runs in joints. Also if your local pools or wherever you swim has a spa/steam room or sauna, that helps as well. You can use the spa jets as a self care massage over your muscles.
Stretching and dynamic movements are very important for pre/post training and everyday to have a routine weather it is to stretch and warm up, for performance or everyday activities. Using a trigger point foam roller/spikey ball to release tension and trigger points is another excellent active recovery tool for athletes. To completely stretch and lengthen a muscle it takes at least 60 seconds and at the end of the day if people aren’t ready to sacrifice 10-20 minutes a day stretching/warming up, in the long run it won’t be very pleasant with injuries, tension and pain developing as a result.