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Helena's top 5 recovery hacks

After one too many days barely able to tackle the stairs following a tough training session, I decided to clue myself up on recovery. Here are my top 5 recovery hacks, that I genuinely believe make a difference to my aching muscles.

1.EAT A PROTEIN RICH SNACK BEFORE BED

This helps your body to keep repairing muscles overnight. I’m a fan of something really light, like a stick of celery filled with nut butter (yum).

2.TAKE THE PLUNGE

I know it doesn’t sound the most appealing, but my muscles feel a lot less sore and inflamed if I have a cold bath after a tough training session.

3.DRINK A TRUESTART MOCHA

Caffeine has been shown to accelerate the rate at which your body absorbs muscle glycogen, so it can help your muscles recovery faster not to mention kick start the rest of your day. Mix some TrueStart Coffee into your chocolate protein shake and.. yum.

4.TRY OUT TURMERIC

There’s lots of research out there that suggests anti-inflammatories can speed up muscle recovery. I always prefer to go natural where possible and I’ve developed a bit of a turmeric addiction. I usually blend it up fresh with hot water and lemon to make a turmeric tea.

5.HYDRATE, THEN HYDRATE SOME MORE

Hydration is king. You know this, but it’s easy to forget. I notice a significant difference in both performance and recovery if I’m not consciously hydrating. It’s one of my top tips for the few days preparing before a race too. I love the custom hydration options by our friends over at Precision Hydration, you can really tell when you use them.

What recovery hacks do you swear by? Let me know in the comments, and I'd love to hear how you get on with my top 5.

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