Do you ever wonder why practitioners of the Wim Hof Method experience a fast(er) workout recovery? Then read on! Because in this blog post, we explain the benefits of the Wim Hof Method for muscle recovery and your overall sports performance training.
The importance of proper muscle recovery
Working out causes trauma to your muscles; little micro tears appear within your muscles. Your body will repair these damages and prevent this from happening again by allowing your muscles to grow back bigger and stronger. This process is known as muscle recovery. However, if you do not give your muscles enough time to recover, the damage increases, and the strength and resilience of your muscles decrease. In the end, this can lead to nasty injuries.
How does the Wim Hof Method improve muscle recovery?
The extensive use of breathing exercises and cold therapy, which are two important pillars of the Wim Hof Method, have proven to be very efficient in muscle recovery. That is why both professional and amateur athletes use the Wim Hof Method as an addition to their recovery process.
The benefits of cold water after your workout
Have you ever considered taking a cold shower or ice bath after exercising? Well, you are not alone. Many athletes already do this on a regular basis and even recommend it to you! Immersing yourself in ice-cold water can reduce muscle inflammation and flushes out lactic acid. How? In addition to the micro-tears in your muscles, you also suffer from inflammation of the muscle tissue after working out. The cold water reduces further swelling. The cold water also makes your blood vessels contract. Afterward, your vessels gradually widen. This process helps to regulate your blood flow and flushes away waste products like lactic acid from the affected tissue.
Benefits of breathing exercises
By practicing the breathing exercises of the Wim Hof Method, your body reaches a state of relaxation and recovery more quickly. This is because you can influence your autonomic nervous system through these exercises. The exercises help shift your body from the active nervous system (sympathetic) to recovery mode (parasympathetic).
Can I use the method for increased sports performance?
Not only does the method help you with muscle recovery, but it also supports your overall sports performance. For instance, by frequent practice, you also benefit from better sleep, less stress, more focus, and improved cardiovascular health. These benefits all contribute to your sports performance training. So, as you can see, sports and the Wim Hof Method go very well together!