Dear Doc, over the past few months, I have felt more tired than usual. It’s harder to wake up in the mornings for school and I feel like I can’t recover from running. I have not changed my training and we are entering the off season but no matter what I try, I still feel so tired. I thought that maybe it was my diet, so I stopped eating meat several months ago but it seems to be getting worse. What can I do to feel better?
What’s your routine after daily training? Maybe an Ice bath and home to shower eventually getting a snack or dinner? What do you usually do in the first 30 minutes after a workout? Scientific research shows that those minutes are the most important for your recovery and future health. Studies have shown that the body is most receptive to rebuilding glycogen (stored glucose – energy) stores within the first 30 minutes of exercising.
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