You can only train as hard as you can recover
People have different ways they believe assists them in their recovery process. This includes protein shakes, massage devices, ice baths, sauna and more. Some methods of recovery may have more of a placebo effect than anything else.
One undisputed fact today is the importance of sleep for physical and mental performance and recovery.
A couple points to note about sleep and recover:
- Most of the natural human growth hormone is produced during sleep.1
- Lack of sleep seriously impacts athletic performance, mental errors, injury rates, reaction time, and overall health2.
- Athletes and those who work out more above average require above average sleep.3
- While you sleep, your body creates more white blood cells to assist you in attacking viruses and bacteria.4