The CrossFit Open was a BIG physical endeavor and we are still recovering from it. Workout recovery is a set of specific actions that aid the body, mind and spirit in recuperating from current training and prepares us for our next training session.
Many of us are on Spring break and getting a much needed rest. However rest days are not the same as recovery days. A rest day is a day with intentional absence of effort, movement or exertion.
One of the challenges many of us face is that our rest days often include practices that inhibit recovery, rather than aid it. One of these practices is the overconsumption of alcohol. Did you have a few beers after The Open or a few on your first day of Spring break? I had a nice cold beer the moment I finished my last stage at the Tactical Games on Sunday. Now, I'm still feeling the negative impacts.
I have always known that my performance in the gym suffers if I have 2 or more drinks the night before. Since I've been wearing my Whoop I now have actual data based on my body on how alcohol impacts my recovery.
To get a sense of what happens to me when I have more than 2 drinks I listened to the WHOOP podcast. I learned some very, very powerful things.
First - Dose make the poison and all it takes is ONE drink for our body to have a decrease in heart rate variability, an increase in resting heart rate, an increase in disturbances, less time spent in the restorative stages of sleep. WOW! One drink does all that. Imagine what 2 drinks will do!
Here are some of the negative impacts I learned from the WHOOP podcast.
I am very interested to see how I will rebound this week. I intensionally programmed this week as a recovery week from The Open and I taking a few days off to go skiiing with James in Whitefish. The one thing I will be altering? I won't be drinking more than 2 drinks and I won't drink 6 hours before bed.
What are you doing to intentionally recovery this week? Share with me your recovery practices in the comments.
Click on the link below to listen to the entire WHOOP podcast on alcohol. It's just over 30 minutes and totally worth your time.
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