WHOOP is based on three main key metrics Strain, Sleep, and Recovery. All of which are in your control(to an extent!). You want to see Peak Performance and results? Work hard but RECOVER HARDER
GET ON A REGIMEN
Sticking TO a planned regimen takes the thinking out of your day. Should I eat now or later? What time should I get to bed? When should I eat? These are just a few micro-decisions we make in a day. Eliminating the process of thinking gives you less reason to deviate. It will also make the rest of your day easier!
GET MORE SLEEP!
A lot easier said than done, we know. Believe us, we know just as much as you! Sleep well, recover well. Monitor the amount of time in each stage. Especially REM (you should be at about 90-120 Minutes) If your schedule allows or you struggle to get all your sleep in, power nap it up! Did you know, most CEO’s nap 20 minutes in a day and are 34% more productive?!
DRINK MORE WATER
As an athlete, you hear this daily. Still, most people struggle to take in as much water as they should. A good rule of thumb is to intake half your body weight in ounces of water in ounces. *ex: someone who weighs 160lbs should drink 80 ounces of water*. This will vary depending on your day’s activity level. Rehydration helps our bodies flush toxins, reduce inflammation, cool our body after a tough workout, and much more. Now put down that tequila and fill up a glass of water :).
PUT THE RIGHT FUEL IN THE TANK
Don’t skip meals, skip the junk food though. Having a proper healthy macro and nutrient balance is like racing fuel to a NASCAR. Imagine putting unleaded gas in one… It’s not going to run long, if not at all. Give your body what it needs.
SAY NO TO ALCOHOL
Look, we are humans. We enjoy knocking them back after a long day. CHALLENGE YOURSELF to limit this to 1 day on the weekend. You can refer back to our 2nd issue of mindset for a more in-depth look into why alcohol hurts recovery. Think of it this way, recovery is an active process, like so many other things, we do it poorly while under the influence.
DON’T SKIP THE COOLDOWN!
While it’s almost harder to stretch than to workout, give your body the proper time to cool down. This will allow your body to clear out the metabolic wastes accumulated during exercise.
For our WHOOP users, go back and evaluate your last bad recovery day. Ask yourself, what did I eat? Was there anything unusual going on in my day? Did I stick to my regiment? Learn from mistakes and make adjustments accordingly.
STRETCHING & MOBILITY
While all these are great, let’s also focus on your muscles and joints! Coming into a workout feeling brutally sore, or achy joints doesn’t do you any good. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY AND YOUR COACHES.